James P Metcalfe first came to attention in the early 1930s, winning four Sydney
University titles before starring at the intervarsity
championships. In 1933, he twice broke the Australian High Jump record,
while the following year - touring New Zealand - he broke Kiwi records for High
Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
in the 1934 Empire Games team, Metcalfe won Gold in the Triple Jump,
Bronze in the Long Jump and placed fourth in the High Jump.
in 1935, Metcalfe set a new Australian (residential) Triple Jump
record of 50' 4 7/8, in Melbourne. This mark only stood until
the end of the year, when he smashed the World Record at the NSW
Championships, leaping out to 51' 9 3/8, which added 2" to
Tambu's previous record.
Metcalfe missed the Australian Championships that year, he was an
almost automatic selection in the Australian team for the Berlin
Olympic Games. At the Games he won Australia's only medal, in
any sport, with a bronze in the Triple Jump behind Tajima of
Japan. Legend has it that Metcalfe gave Tajima some tips prior
to competition and, as well as taking the Gold Medal, Tajima took
Metcalfe's World Record in winning the final.
1937, Metcalfe won Australian Championships at Triple Jump and Javelin
and was selected to represent Australia in these events, plus the High
Jump and Long Jump, at the 1938 Sydney Empire Games.
the Sydney Games, Metcalfe was the only Australian male to win a Gold
Medal in athletics, successfully defending his Triple Jump title from
local rival Lloyd Miller. Metcalfe also took bronze in the Javelin
and was fifth in the Long Jump
and seventh in the High Jump.
retired from top-level competition soon afterwards to concentrate on
his studies. Jack remained involved in local athletics though and
offered to coach Decima Norman in the lead up to the 1940 Olympics
(which were subsequently cancelled due to World War II).
the war, Metcalfe was appointed Manager of the Australian Athletics
Team at the 1948 London Olympics. Later he
became a member of the Organising Committee for the 1956 Melbourne
Olympic Games and refereed during the Athletics competition.
about Jack Metcalfe - COMING SOON!!