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Vic d'Arcy

Full name: Victor Henry Augustus "Vic" d'Arcy
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: June 30, 1887 in Rotherhithe, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: March 12, 1961 in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Vic d'Arcy of Polytechnic Harriers ran the anchor leg in the sprint relay at the 1912 Olympics and broke the tape inches ahead of the Germans, who had set a world record in the semi-finals. After the race the Germans were disqualified and the silver medals went to Sweden. D'Arcy established himself as a top-class sprinter in 1911 when, after beating William Applegarth at the Kinnaird Trophy meeting, he finished second in the AAA 100 yards and closed the season by equaling the British record of 9.8 seconds in Vienna. Although d'Arcy never won an AAA individual sprint title, he finished in the first three four times and was also on the winning medley relay team four times. At the 1912 and 1920 Olympics he was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of both individual sprints but after winning a relay gold medal in Stockholm he was again, at the age of 33, a relay finalist at Antwerp in 1920. He concluded his career by representing the British Empire against the USA in the relay match held in London after the 1920 Olympics, and before the year-end he immigrated to South Africa where he spent the rest of his life.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.8 (1911); 100 – 10.9 (1911); 220y – 21.7e (1914).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR AC h5 r2/3
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 2 h6 r2/3
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 3 h5 r2/4
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 3 h6 r1/4
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Five AC
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.2
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Five 3
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Nine 2 QU 11.1est 1 m. bh1

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Six 2
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 22.9
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 3 23.9est 1 m. bh2

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 42.4
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/WR 43.0
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU/walkover 45.0
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 43.0est 2 m. bh3
1920 Summer 32 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 2 QU 43.3est 3 m. bh1
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