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George Bailey

Full name: George William Bailey
Gender: Male
Born: April 29, 1906 in Buxton, Derbyshire, Great Britain
Died: August 2000 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, Great Britain
Affiliations: Salford Harriers, Salford (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

George Bailey won the AAA steeplechase in 1930 and 1935 and the 10 miles in 1933 when he was at first credited with a new UK record (50:51.0) before the course was found to be short. He was Empire Games steeplechase champion in 1930 and set UK steeplechase records over both the Imperial and metric distances. At the 1932 Olympics he was unlucky not to win the silver medal, as he was in second place at 3,000 m, but an official's error forced the runner to cover an extra lap. In the 1934 British Empire Games 2 miles steeplechase he won the bronze medal. Bailey also had a fine record as a cross-country runner, representing England five times in the International Championships between 1930 and 1937, with a best of 5th 1932-33), and made an impressive marathon début when he finished second in the Daily Despatch race. Originally a manual worker in a Buxton quarry, he later took a job which had been specially found for him in Manchester, but the arrangement was not acceptable to the authorities and Bailey was suspended for a short period for violating amateur rules.

Personal Bests: 2 miles – 9:27.8 (1932); 5000 – 15:36.8 (1933); 6 miles – 30:08.3+ (1933); Mar – 2-40:14.0 (1936); 3000S – 9:16.0 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Great Britain GBR 8 h1 r1/2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Great Britain GBR 5

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 8

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final 5 10:53.2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 4 QU 9:16.0
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