20 Objects That Shape Oklahoma

Photo by Brent Fuchs.
Photo by Brent Fuchs.

Jim Thorpe’s 1912 Olympic Decathlon Certificate

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Oklahoma City

Jim Thorpe finished second place in the 100-meter dash and the running broad jump. He won the shot put by 2.5 feet to complete the first day of the decathlon. He won first in the high jump and the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.6 seconds. He finished second in the 400-meter run. One the final day of competition, Thorpe placed third in discus and pole vault, second in javelin and first in the 1500-meter run. He won the decathlon gold medal by 700 points and was named “world’s greatest athlete.”