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Joe Deakin

Full name: Joseph Edmund "Joe" Deakin
Nickname(s): The Priest
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (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: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
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

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four AC DNF

Men's 3 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1 6 points 1
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 6 points 1
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 1 QU 6 points =1
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