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Frank Rutherford


Frank Garfield Rutherford, Jr. MBE (born November 23, 1964) is a retired triple jumper from the Bahamas. He competed in three Olympic Games, and won a bronze medal in 1992, becoming the first Bahamian Track and Field Olympic medalist. He now runs a program which prepares young Bahamian students to play college basketball and American football in the United States. He was a four-time participant at the World Championships in Athletics.

He attended the University of Houston, where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He became the first Bahamian to win more than three NCAA triple jump championships.

Rutherford won the Bahamas its first World Championship medal with a bronze in the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was the US Indoor Track and Field champion in the triple jump in 1991 and still currently holds the triple jump record for the University of Houston. He followed that with winning a silver medal at the 1992 World Cup in Havana, Cuba. His personal best was 17.41 metres, a Bahamian record that has later been beaten by Leevan Sands. Rutherford is considered the Olympic pioneer in the Bahamas because he was the first to win medals at the Olympic and World Championship levels. He is considered the Father of Track and Field in the Bahamas.

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Year
  Competition
  Venue
  Position
  Event
 1987    World Indoor Championships
   Indianapolis, USA
   3rd    Triple Jump
 1987    Pan American Games
   Indianapolis, USA
   3rd    Triple Jump
 1992    Olympic Games
   Barcelona, Spain
   3rd    Triple Jump
 1996    Olympic Games
   Atlanta, USA
   11th    Triple Jump
 1999    Central American and Caribbean Championships
   Bridgetown, Barbados
   2nd    Triple Jump