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John Cooper

Full name: John Hugh Cooper
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: December 18, 1940 in Bromyard, Herefordshire, Great Britain
Died: March 3, 1974 in Paris, Paris, France
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

John Cooper had success as a triple jumper during his schooldays and did not take up hurdling until 1960. He made steady if not spectacular progress in the early days of the hurdling career but by 1963 he had moved into world class by breaking the 51-second barrier. A further improvement occurred at the Tokyo Olympics and he set national records on all of his three appearances over the hurdles which culminated in a silver medal winning performances behind America's Rex Cawley. Sadly for Cooper he was never able to capitalize on his Tokyo exploits as injuries dogged his career from then on. He did recover well enough to reach the semi-finals in Mexico City but retired from the sport the following year. Cooper was then recruited by the clothing firm adidas to work as a marketing director. In this capacity he was returning from Paris to London following the annual France-England rugby match when he was killed in the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981 which, at the time, was the world's deadliest air disaster.

Personal Bests: 400 – 47.6 (1964); 400H – 50.1 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 7 h1 r2/3

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) L T(A)
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Great Britain Final 2 50.1 4
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 50.4 50,40
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 50.5 50,58
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 7 50.8 50.82
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 3 QU 51.4 51.43

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) ST
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 2 3:01.6 45,4
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:04.7