Henry B. Richardson

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Henry B. Richardson
Henry Richardson.jpg
Richardson competing
Medal record
Men's Archery
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1904 St Louis Team round
Bronze medal – third place 1908 London Double York round

Henry Barber Richardson (May 19, 1889 – November 19, 1963) was an American archer. He won two Olympic bronze medals. Richardson was the first archer to win medals at two different editions of the Olympic Games as well as the youngest medallist at the 1904 Summer Olympics at the age of 15 years and 124 days.[1]

1904 Summer Olympics

Richardson's first medal was in the team event at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. 15 years old at the time, he was a member of the Boston Archers team that finished third of four teams in the event with a total of 1268 points. Richardson also placed 9th in the double York round with 439 points and 10th in the double American round with 813 points.

1908 Summer Olympics

Four years later, at 19 years of age, he won his second bronze medal, this time in the men's double York round at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Richardson's first round was solid, but not spectacular. His score of 343 put him in 5th place, 60 points behind the leader William Dod. In the second half of the competition, however, Richardson shone. He took honors for the best round of the tournament, with 417 points (only 22 points fewer than his two-round sum 4 years previously), despite gaining little ground against Dod, who shot a 412. Richardson trailed Reginald Brooks-King by only 1 point with 3 arrows left, before finally finishing in third with 760 points to Dod's 815 and Brooks-King's 768.

He also entered the Continental style event, placing 15th with 171 points.


  1. ^ Mallon, p. 19


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Archery 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 12 July 2006. 
  • Mallon, Bill (1999). The 1904 Olympic Games : results for all competitors in all events, with commentary. Jefferson, N. C.: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0550-3. 

External links

  • Henry Richardson on databaseOlympics.com
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