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Teddy Flack

Full name: Edwin Harold "Teddy" Flack
Gender: Male
Born: November 5, 1873 in Islington East, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: January 10, 1935 in Berwick, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: Victoria Amateur Athletic Association/Melbourne Track Club
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Tennis, Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Born in London, Teddy Flack's family emigrated to Australia when he was still an infant. He attended the Melbourne Church of England School, where he studied classics, and in 1893-94, after joining the Old Melburnian Harriers, he was Victorian and Australasian mile champion, and won the New South Wales 2-mile championship in 1894. Flack joined his father's Melbourne accountancy firm, and was sent to Price & Waterhouse in London in 1895. A state champion in the mile, Flack joined the London Athletic Club, and enjoyed minor successes while competing in England. He was the only Australian competitor at the 1896 Olympics, and wound up becoming his country's first Olympic champion. He won both the 800 m and the 1500 m relatively easy. In his enthusiasm, Teddy Flack also entered the marathon. Lacking long distance experience, he had to abandon the race after leading for a quarter of the race. He also entered the tennis competition, but lost both his matches. Flack competed in England in 1896 and 1897, but returned to Melbourne in 1899, where he would be become a successful businessman and owned a stud farm. Suffering of heart troubles, he died following an operation at age 62.

Personal Bests: 800 – 2:07.0y (1894); 1500 – unknown; 1mile – 4:38.2 (1895); Mar – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 22 Athina Tennis Men's Singles Australia AUS 8T
1896 Summer 22 Athina Tennis Men's Doubles Australia/Great Britain AUS 3 Bronze
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres Australia AUS 1 Gold
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 1 Gold OR
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Australia AUS AC DNF

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1896 Summer 22 Athina Tennis Australia AUS Pool Α Match #1 2 1896-04-08 Akratopoulos (GRE) , Flack (AUS)

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1896 Summer 22 Athina Tennis Australia/Great Britain AUS George Stuart Robertson Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1896-04-09 GRE-1 , Australia/Great Britain-1
1896 Summer 22 Athina Tennis Australia/Great Britain AUS George Stuart Robertson Round One Match #1 AC 1896-04-08 Australia/Great Britain-1 walkover

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Australia Final 1 2:11
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Australia Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 2:10

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Australia Final Standings 1 OR 4:33 1/5

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Australia Final Standings AC DNF
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