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David, Lord Burghley

Full name: David George Brownlow Cecil Burghley
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 9, 1905 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Great Britain
Died: October 22, 1981 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Great Britain
Title: Became the 6th Marquess of Exeter in 1956
Affiliations: University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR) / Achilles Club, (GBR) / L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

After schooling at Eton and Le Rosey, Switzerland, Lord Burghley went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, and although he failed to win a blue in his freshman year he competed in the 110 metre hurdles at the 1924 Olympics as a 19-year-old. Burghley was Britain's leading all-round hurdler and was also an outstanding relay runner on the flat. At one time, he was the British record holder in all three hurdle events and the 4×400 metre relay. In the high hurdles he was the first Britain to break the 15-seconds barrier, won three AAA titles, competed in three Olympic Games and was a gold medalist at the 1930 Empire Games. In the 1930 British Empire Games 120 yard hurdles he won the gold medal. As a 220 yard hurdler he twice set a British record and his 1927 time of 24.7 seconds was not beaten until 1950. He was at his best in the 400 yard/400 metre hurdles winning an Olympic gold medal in 1928, setting one world and seven British records and winning five AAA titles and the gold medal at the 1930 Empire Games. He also won a relay gold medal at the Empire Games (with Roger Leigh-Wood and the non-Olympians Stuart Townend and Kenneth Brangwin) but his finest performance in this event came in the 1932 Olympic Games when he contributed a 46.7 second stage on the British team which won the silver medals with a new European record of 3:11.2 seconds. Earlier in the Games, Burghley had finished fifth in the 110 metre hurdles and fourth in the 400 metre hurdles with his fast ever time of 52.2 seconds.

Burghley's one world record came at the 1927 AAA Championships where he ran 54.2 seconds for the 440 yards hurdles, and although the record was reduced to 52.6 seconds on the same day by the American Johnny Gibson in Nebraska, Burghley's performance was accomplished first in absolute time and his name was added to the roll of world record holders. Burghley and Gibson had, in fact, met earlier in the year at Penn Relays with the American winning by half a yard. Later it was found that Gibson was ineligible to compete in this particular collegiate race and Burghley was declared the winner.

Burghley entered Parliament in 1931 as a member for the Peterborough and in 1943, on his appointment as the Governor for Bermuda, he resigned from the House. He also gave many years distinguished service to the Olympic movement and to the sport of track & field. In 1933, at the age of 28, he became a member of the International Olympic Committee and in 1936 he was elected President of the Amateur Athletic Association and Chairman of the British Olympic Association. Ten years later he became President of the International amateur Athletic Federation and in 1948 he served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. He failed in a bid for the IOC presidency in 1952 and 1964, but from 1952 to 1966 he served as Vice-President of the IOC.

In 1929 he married Lady Maria Theresa Montague-Douglas-Scott, the daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch, and after their marriage dissolved in 1946 he married Mrs. Diana Forbes. In 1956, on the death of his father, Lord Burghley became the 6th Marquess of Exeter.

Personal Bests: 400 – 49.7e (1929); 880y – 1:57.8 (1927); 120yH – 14.5 (1930); 220yH – 24.3e (1930); 400H – 52.01 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 3 h8 r1/3
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 3 h2 r2/3
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 5
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 4
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H) T(A) L
1924 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Eight 3
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 15.0
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Nine 2 QU
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final 5 14.8 14,83 5
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 14,6
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 3 QU 15.1

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L T(H) T(A)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Final 1 =OR 53.4 5
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 53.9
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 57.0
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final 4 5 52.2 52.01
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 53.0
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 QU 55.1

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) ST
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 2 3:11.2 46,7
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 2 QU 3:21.8