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Sid Atkinson

Full name: Sidney James Montford "Sid" Atkinson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: March 14, 1901 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: August 31, 1977 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Sid Atkinson came onto the international athletics scene in 1922, when he ran the 110 hurdles in 15.2 and the 400 hurdles in 56.5. He was also a notable long jumper. At the 1924 Olympics the 110 hurdles favorite was American George Guthrie. As the race started, however, Atkinson and another American, Dan Kinsey, got off to a quick start and ran nearly together until the eighth flight, when Atkinson edged ahead. Atkinson clipped his toe on the last barrier, giving Kinsey enough of a lead to break the tape and win the gold. Guthrie crashed through the barriers behind the two medalists and was disqualified for timber topping. Atkinson reappeared at the next Olympics, finally getting his gold after the disappointment of 1924, beating the world record holder Steve Anderson from United States, who placed second. On both of his visits to Europe to compete at the Olympics, he also won the British AAA 120 yds hurdles title.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 110H – 14.7y (1928); LJ – 7.34 (1925).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles South Africa RSA 2 Silver
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 100 metres South Africa RSA 5 h3 r2/4
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles South Africa RSA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Quarter-Finals Heat Three 5 11.0e
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Two 1 QU 11.2

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Final 2 15.0 4
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 15.2
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 15.2
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Final 1 14.8 3
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 14.9
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Five 2 QU
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