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Ernie Harper

Full name: Ernest "Ernie" Harper
Gender: Male
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: August 2, 1902 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Great Britain
Died: October 9, 1979 in Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: Hallamshire Harriers, Sheffield (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Ernie Harper was a three-time Olympian and one of Britain's greatest distance runners. Surprisingly, he never actually won a marathon race. On the track, Harper won the AAA 10 miles title four times (1923, 1926-27, 1929) and was the Northern Counties champion six times (1923, 1925-26, 1928-30) and he set world records for 25 km. in 1929 and two hours in 1933. He also finished second the 6 miles at the 1930 British Empire Games. He also excelled as a cross-country runner, representing England for nine successive year (1923-31) in the International championship. He won the English title in 1927 and 1929 and was International Champion in 1926. Harper turned professional in 1939. In his later years he lived with his married daughter, who had settled in Australia.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 15:35.0 (1926); 10000 – 31:58.0 (1924); 10 miles – 52:04.2 (1926), 20K – 1-06:30.3 (1929); 25K – 1-23:45.8 (1929); 2 hours – 33,653 metres (20 miles, 1,604 yds.); Mar – 2-31:23.2 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Great Britain GBR 5
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Great Britain GBR 4
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 22
1936 Summer 34 Berlin Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 5 31:58.0

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 22 2-45:44
1936 Summer 34 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 2 2-31:23.2

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 4 35:45.4

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank IP
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Great Britain GBR Final Standings AC DNF 4