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Willie Foster

Full name: William "Willie" Foster
Gender: Male
Born: July 10, 1890 in Haslingden, Bacup, Lancashire, Great Britain
Died: December 17, 1963 in Fylde, Blackpool, Great Britain
Affiliations: Bacup Amateur Swimming Club, Rossendale (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Exactly two weeks after his 18th birthday, William Foster was on a winning relay team at the 1908 Games and remains, through 2008, the youngest ever male British Olympic gold medalist. He originally competed for his home-town club Bacup SC before joining Hyde Seal and although he never won an ASA title he was in the top flight of British swimmers for a number of years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r2/3
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h2 r2/3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Final 4
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 5:52.2
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 QU 5:54.8
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 5:49.0
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Six 2 QU 5:52.4

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 24:33.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 23:32.2
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 QU 23:52.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 1 WR 10:55.6
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10:53.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 3 10:28.6
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3 QC 10:39.4
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