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Rob Derbyshire

Full name: John Henry "Rob" Derbyshire
Nickname(s): The Little Robin
Gender: Male
Born: November 29, 1878 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: November 25, 1938 in St. Pancras, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Osborne Swimming Club, Manchester (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Between 1898 and 1904 Rob Derbyshire won a total of ten individual ASA titles, including six victories in the 100 yards freestyle; he became the fist Britain to break one minute for that distance in 1907. In addition to his two Olympic medals events he also competed in the 100 metre freestyle in 1906, 1908, and 1912, and the 400 metre freestyle in 1906. The only time he reached the final was in the 100 metres of 1906 when he finished fifth. Derbyshire began his career with Manchester Osborne SC and was the only star swimmer who remained with them following a major disagreement within the club in 1901. Eventually he too left Manchester Osborne, joining the Old Trafford SC in 1908, and later competed for the London-based Amateur SC. After working as a baths manager in the Manchester area, Derbyshire took up a similar post at the Lime Grove Baths in London.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 5
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR AC
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Men's 4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 29 London Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 2 h4 r1/3
1908 Summer 29 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h3 r1/4

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Great Britain Final 5
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat One 3 QU
1908 Summer 29 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 1:12.6
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 3 1:09.2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Great Britain Final AC

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 29 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 1 WR 10:55.6
1908 Summer 29 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10:53.4

Men's 4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 27 Athina Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 3