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Ray Watson (athlete)

Ray Bates Watson (December 10, 1898 – September 1974) was an American track and field athlete who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics, in the 1924 Summer Olympics, and in the 1928 Summer Olympics.

He was born in Garden City, Kansas and died in Quincy, Illinois. At the age of thirteen lost his right hand in a shooting accident. Was occasionally referred to (erroneously) as "the one-arm wonder" Attended Kansas State where he is remembered as the first "Kansas Miler"

In 1920 he finished eighth in the 3000 metre steeplechase competition.

Four years later he finished seventh in the 1500 metres event.

At the 1928 Olympics he finished ninth in the 800 metres competition.

Anchor of four mile relay team which held world record for many years.

Honorary life member Illinois athletic club.

Taught chemistry and coached track at Quincy High School.


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