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Frank Washington Jarvis (August 31, 1878 – June 2, 1933) was an American athlete, and the Olympic 100 m champion of 1900.

Frank Jarvis
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Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1900 Paris 100 metres

Jarvis, an AAU champion in the 100 y, was among the pre-race favourites for the 100 m at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, but the hot favourite was American Arthur Duffey, who won the British Championships just prior to the Games.

In the heats, however, Jarvis and another American, Walter Tewksbury, posted times of 10.8, equaling the World Record. All three Americans qualified for the final, complemented by Stan Rowley of Australia. After a close first half of the final race, leading Duffey pulled a muscle, fell, and retired the race, leaving the three others to decide for the victory—Jarvis won.

At the same Olympics, Jarvis also competed in the triple jump and the standing triple jump (with no run-up), but did not achieve top classifications.

After his running career, Jarvis became a lawyer.

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  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Frank Jarvis". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011.