Pat McDonald (athlete)

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Pat McDonald
1912 Patrick McDonald.JPG
McDonald in 1912
Personal information
BornJuly 26, 1878
Killard, Clare, Ireland
DiedMay 16, 1954(1954-05-16) (aged 75)
New York, New York, United States
Height6 ft 2 12 in (189 cm)
Weight265 lb (120 kg)
Updated on 30 July 2015.

Patrick Joseph "Pat" McDonald (born McDonnell; July 29, 1878 – May 16, 1954) was born in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland. He competed as an American track and field athlete in a variety of the throwing events. He was a member of the Irish American Athletic Club and of the New York City Police Department, working as a traffic cop in Times Square for many years. He was part of a group of Irish-American athletes known as the "Irish Whales."


The tombstone of Pat McDonald in Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Pat McDonald Memorial at White Strand, Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

He competed for the United States in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the shot put where he won the gold medal. He also took part in the shot put (both hands) competition where the distance thrown with each hand was added together. This was the only time this event was held in the Olympic program, and McDonald finished second behind teammate Ralph Rose who had finished second to him in the shot competition.

McDonald returned 8 years later after World War I to compete in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. Here he won the Gold medal in the 56 lb weight throw in the second and final time this competition was held in the Olympic program.

Pat McDonald died in 1954 at age 75[1] and was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.

He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2012.


  1. ^ a b "Pat McDonald". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 July 2015.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
George Bonhag
Flagbearer for  United States
Antwerpen 1920
Succeeded by
Taffy Abel
Preceded by
Taffy Abel
Flagbearer for  United States
Paris 1924
Succeeded by
Godfrey Dewey