Full name: Joseph Edmund "Joe" Deakin
Nickname(s): The Priest
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: February 6, 1879 in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain
Died: June 30, 1972 in Dulwich, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Herne Hill Harriers, Mitcham (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
As a young man, Joe Deakin served with the Rifle Brigade and even when stationed overseas he always managed to find time to purse his passion for running. During the Boer War he set South African records at 880 yards and 1 mile and in 1901 he won the Irish mile and 4 miles titles. On his return to England in 1903, Deakin joined Herne Hill Harriers and soon established himself as an outstanding cross-country runner, the best of his many excellent performances being second place in the National 1907. A good showing in the early season track races in 1908 earned him selection for three events at the Olympic Games and after finishing sixth in the 1,500 metres, he led the British team home in the 3-mile team event the following day. After winning a gold medal in the morning Deakin lined up for the heats of the 5 miles in the afternoon, but it came as no surprise when, replete with a celebratory champagne lunch, he failed to finish!
After the Olympics, Deakin transferred to Surrey, AC, following a dispute with Herne Hill Harriers, and tried his luck at the marathon. In his first race he finished 20th in the "Poly" and although he had been temporarily blinded during the war, he improved to take eighth place in 1920. The amazing Joe Deakin continued to compete until his 90th birthday and died three years after his last race.
Personal Bests: 1500 – 4:07.9e (1908); Mile – 4:21.8 (1907); 2 miles – 9:37.8 (1907); 3 miles – 14:26.8 (1907); 4 miles - 19:54.4 (1907); 6 miles – 31:21.8 (1908); 10 miles – 53:41.4 (1908).
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Great Britain||GBR||6|
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Men's 5 mile||Great Britain||GBR||AC h4 r1/2|
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Men's 3 mile, Team||Great Britain||GBR||1||Gold|
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Final||6||4:07.9est|
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Six||1||QU||4:13.6|
|1908 Summer||29||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Four||AC||DNF|