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George Blake

Full name: George Bernard Blake
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: September 4, 1878 in St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Died: February 6, 1946 in Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: East Melbourne Harriers, East Melbourne (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia, ANZ Australasia
Sport: Athletics

Biography

George Blake was arguably the first great Australian distance runner. After racing in Australia in 1905, Englishman Alfred Shrubb, then considered the best distance runner in the world, stated that he thought Blake, who faced him multiple times, was the best long distance runner in the country. Blake was born in a Melbourne suburb to Irish immigrants. His brother, Tom, a top distance runner and later a star in Aussie Rules who later coached George, who finished third in the Victorian cross-country championships in 1899 in his first known state-level event. George Blake won that event in 1900, and shortly thereafter, set an Australian record with 56:57.6 for 10 miles. In 1900 and 1902 he won the Victorian 3-mile championships, and in 1904 he again won the state cross-country title. In 1905, the year in which he raced Shrubb frequently, Blake also won the Victorian cross-country title at both 5- and 10-miles, and the Tasmanian cross-country title. He also played in one match in the Aussie Rules Football League, for Carlton FC against St. Kilda. Apparently good at many sports, in 1907, Blake competed in the Victorian amateur boxing championship, winning at least one bout against G. Michell, the Ballarat champion. At the 1908 Olympics, in addition to his appearance in the marathon, Blake was entered in the lightweight boxing event, but did not compete. Blake competed as a runner at least through 1920, running a marathon that May from Frankston to Melbourne. His profession was first as a master carrier and later as a mechanic.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS AC h2 r1/2
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's 5 mile Australia AUS 6
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Australia AUS 6
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 5 mile Australasia ANZ 3 h1 r1/2
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's Marathon Australasia ANZ AC DNF [5+ miles]

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two AC

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Australia Final Standings 6
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Australasia Round One Heat One 3 at 1 lap

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Australia Final Standings 6 3-09:35.0
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Australasia Final Standings AC DNF [5+ miles]
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