David Jacobs in 1913
|Born||30 April 1888
|Died||6 June 1976 (aged 88)
Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Club||Herne Hill Harriers, Mitcham|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m - 10.8 (1912)
200 m - 21.9e (1912)
440 yd - 49.9e (1913)
He was born in Cardiff, to John Jacobs (previously Yaakov), who was a general dealer from London. His athletics career started in London with Herne Hill Harriers in 1908. His interest in athletics was aroused by watching the 1908 Olympic Games.
At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Jacobs won a gold medal as the first leg in the British 4 × 100 m relay team, in spite of finishing second behind the United States in the semifinals. The United States was later disqualified for a fault in passing the baton, the same mistake made in the finals by the world record holder and main favourite German team.
Jacobs also competed in the 100 m and 200 m individual events, but was eliminated in the semifinals.
He died suddenly in Aberconwy, aged 88, while on holiday from his London home. His body was returned to London, where he was buried in a Jewish cemetery, at East Ham. At the time of his death he was Britain's oldest Olympic gold medalist.
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