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William Bonsall

Full name: William Alfred Bonsall
Gender: Male
Born: December 31, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 23, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Penn State Nittany Lions, University Park (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Biography

Bill Bonsall helped Penn State win the 1943 NCAA Championships as a freshman, and then entered the Army. He was with the forces landing on Normandy on D-Day and was later captured by the Germans in September 1944 in Dinant, Belgium. Bonsall made a daring escape in January 1945, getting to Warszawa via Russia. After the war ended he re-enrolled at Penn State, placing second in all-around at the 1948 NCAA Championships. Bonsall also won the 1946 AAU title on rings. He graduated in 1949 and earned a masters at West Virginia University, where served as gymnastics coach for 31 years, leading them to three Southern Conference championships. Bonsall retired from coaching in 1980 and is a member of the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Hall of Fame, and the West Virginia School of Physical Education Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 69
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around United States USA 7
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise United States USA 73
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 23T
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 72T
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 71
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Rings United States USA 87
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse United States USA 62

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 69 201.70 99.65 102.05

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 7 201.70

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 73 33.20 17.95 15.25

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 23T 37.50 18.50 19.00

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 72T 33.10 15.80 17.30

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 71 32.95 15.25 17.70

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 87 31.75 16.05 15.70

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 24 London Gymnastics United States Final Standings 62 33.20 16.10 17.10
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