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Alfred Flaxman

Full name: Alfred Edward Flaxman
Gender: Male
Born: October 1, 1879 in Darfield, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: July 1, 1916 in Gommecourt, Pas-de-Calais, France
Affiliations: South London Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Alfred Flaxman was an all-round athlete who, although of modest stature, developed a fine physique through bodybuilding under the guidance of the great Eugen Sandow. He featured in the AAA hammer throw for 10 years (1905-14) and was the winner in 1910. He won the AAA pole vault in 1909, when he was the only competitor, and he placed in the first six in both the shot and discus at the Championships. He was also an above-average boxer and gymnast and, unusually for a specialist in the weight events, he was a talented violinist and artist. His career is particularly well-documented in the writings of F. A. M. Webster who credits Flaxman with a Bohemian hammer record in excess of 150-0 (45.72) shortly before World War I, but no confirmation of this record can be traced. Webster, who served in the South Staffordshire Regiment with Flaxman, wrote that when they were stationed together at Etaples, “the men simply adored Flaxman.” Clearly, not all the officers were held in such high regard as it was in the Bull Ring at Etaples that the “Monocoled Mutineer,” Percy Toplis, began his notorious revolt. Captain Flaxman was killed in action in an attack on enemy positions at Gommercourt, France.

Personal Bests: PV – 2.93 (9-7½) (1909); DT – 39.05 (128-1½) (1915); HT – 42.67 (140-0) (1914).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Standing High Jump Great Britain GBR AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw Great Britain GBR AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style Great Britain GBR AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Standing High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round NP
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A AC

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A AC

Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group C AC

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B AC
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