Full name: George Albert Hawkins
Born: October 15, 1883 in Tottenham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: September 22, 1917 in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
After a surprise win in the 200 at the 1908 Olympic Trials, George Hawkins failed to reach the final at the AAA Championships but he unexpectedly placed fourth in the 200 at the Olympics, the first Briton to reach an Olympic sprint final. He was coached by Sam Mussabini and in 1908 he was a member of the Polytechnic team which set a British record for the 4×440 y relay. During World War I he served as a Gunner with the Royal Artillery and was killed in action when a shell exploded in the doorway of a dugout while he was on outpost duty.
Personal Bests: 100y – 10.2 (1908); 200 – 22.4 (1908); 440y – 53.2 (1907).
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