Full name: William Coales
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: January 8, 1886 in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Died: January 19, 1960 in Sudbury, Suffolk, Great Britain
Affiliations: Thrapston & District Harriers & Athletic Club
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Bill Coales of Thrapston H & AC finished in third place in the 3-mile team race at the 1908 Olympic Games and was the third-scoring member of the winning British team. The event was held in the morning, and in the afternoon of the same day Coales started in the 5 mile individual race but after his earlier efforts it is not surprising that he dropped out after 4 miles.
Like Joe Deakin and Arthur Robertson, who led the British team to their Olympic victory, Coales had a solid cross-country background. He won the Midland title in 1908 and finished second to Robertson in the National but he was below form in the International event and finished back in 22nd place. This proved to be only a temporary lapse and after opening the 1908 track season with a win in the Midland 10 miles championships, he was fifth in the AAA event before going on to win an Olympic gold medal.
Personal Bests: 3 miles – 14:31.6 (1908); 5K – 15:39.0 (1910); 4 miles – 20:30.6 (1909); 10K – 32:41.0 (1910); 10 miles – 53:54.0 (1908).
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Men's 5 mile||Great Britain||GBR||AC h1 r1/2|
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Men's 3 mile, Team||Great Britain||GBR||1||Gold|
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat One||AC||DNF [at 4+ miles]|
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Great Britain||GBR||Final Standings||1||6 points||3|
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Great Britain||GBR||Final||1||6 points||3|
|1908 Summer||22||London||Athletics||Great Britain||GBR||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||6 points||=1|