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Cyril Ellis

Full name: Cyril Ellis
Gender: Male
Born: February 23, 1904 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain
Died: March 29, 1973 in Chelmsford, Essex, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Winner of three successive AAA mile titles (1927-29), Cyril Ellis completed a double in 1929 when he also won the 880y. Second place in the 1932 AAA mile would almost certainly have earned him a selection for a third Olympics, but he could not afford to take the time off work fro the long trip to Los Angeles. His UK record for 1,000 metres in 1927 was followed in 1929 by a world record for 1,000 yards in a specially paced handicap event. Ellis dominated middle distance running in the Midlands for a decade and between 1925 and 1933 he won the 880y eight times and the mile six times at the Midland Championships. In 1940 he settled in Essex where he ran the Youth Centres. He was also a reader on the staff of a Chelmsford newspaper and for many years was the Secretary of the Marconi Social and Athletic Club in Chelmsford.

Personal Bests: 880y – 1:53.3 (1929); 1000y – 2:11.2 (1929); 1000 – 2:27.8 (1927); 1500 – 3:57.6 (1928); Mile – 4:15.0 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Great Britain GBR 3 h6 r1/2
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Great Britain GBR 5

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 3 4:08.1
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Final 5 3:57.6
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 1 QU 4:01.8