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On August 7, 1939, Luz Long competed in an international meet in London organized by the British Amateur Athletics Board (BAAB). The German long jumper finished fourth with a leap of 7.28 meters. Little did Luz or anyone know that this would be one of the last official competitions of Long’s storied athletic career. He went off to serve in World War II soon after and died tragically in 1943 at the age of 30 years old. This rectangular medal awarded to Long is uniquely designed like a picture frame to display standing up. Here are the details.

Designer/Maker:  Phillips of Aldershot

Obverse:  BAAB emblem at the top, shield of Great Britain flag in colorful enamel at center, and depiction of ancient building at bottom with “INTERNATIONAL MEETING – LONDON – 1939 – L. LONG” inscribed. Perimeter lined with a laurel leaves.

Reverse:  Thick wood backing with folding display stand.

Composition:  Most likely a silver alloy with a gold-colored plating.

Dimensions:  8 x 11 cm

Thickness:  3.5 mm (medal); 6 mm (wood)

Weight:  223 g

Provenance:  Letter from Luz Long's family

8/7/1939 British Amateur Athletic Board (BAAB) International Meet (London) Fourth Place Medal for Long Jump Awarded to Luz Long
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