Robert L. LeGendre (C'1922, D'1927) setting the world record for the broad jump at the 1924 Olympics in Paris
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
One of the greatest all-round athletes to represent the University, LeGendre was the mainstay of the Georgetown track team during his undergraduate years. In 1920, he was the National Pentathlon Champion. He also accumulated the largest points total in the pentathlon at the Inter-Allied Athletic Games held in Paris at the end of World War I. In March 1920, he broke his foot but still qualified for the pentathlon and decathlon at the Olympic tryouts. At the Games, he finished fourth in the pentathlon despite that fact that his foot was not fully healed. After graduating from Georgetown in 1922, LeGendre considered an acting career. Although his training had been limited, he again qualified for the Olympics in 1924. He placed third in the pentathlon, setting a new world record for the broad jump of 25 feet 6 inches in the process. Ironically, he had failed to qualify in that individual event at the U.S. Olympic tryouts. LeGendre became a Lieutenant in the Naval Dental Corps after receiving a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown in 1927. He died of bronchial pneumonia in 1931 at age thirty-three.
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