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Jack Hatfield

Full name: John Gatenby "Jack" Hatfield
Gender: Male
Born: August 15, 1893 in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: March 30, 1965 in Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Jack Hatfield was the son of the manager of the local swimming baths in Middlesbrough and naturally spent a lot of his childhood in the water. His nemesis at the 1912 Olympics was McGill University student George Hodgson of Canada and, while Hatfield was clearly superior to all the other swimmers, the Canadian’s performances were remarkable and the Englishman had to be satisfied with two silver medal in the longer freestyle events and a bronze from the relay. Hatfield won his first national title on his return from Sweden and was the outstanding British swimmer over the next two years. A rematch with Hodgson at the 1916 Olympic Games would have been an exciting prospect but in the week the Games were to be held Hatfield was a soldier in the trenches of Northern France, where he spent much of the Great War. He returned to the sport in 1920 but did not reach the standard he attained in the pre-war years until the following year when he repeated his feat of 1913 and won four national titles. Hatfield’s third Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 saw him reach the same two individual finals he had reached twelve years earlier, only this time he could not make an impression of the medal standings. A regular member of the England and Great Britain water polo teams throughout the 20s, his farewell Olympic appearance in 1928 combined the British team’s run to the semi-finals of the water polo tournament with a heat swim in the 400 m freestyle. Hatfield won 42 ASA titles over a 20-year career and used his fame to become a successful businessman with a chain of sport shops across the north-east of England. He was also a director of Middlesbrough Football Club. Hatfield is an inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h5 r1/3
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h5 r1/3
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 5
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 4
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 2 h6 r1/3

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Water Polo Great Britain GBR Third-Place Tournament Match #3 2 1928-08-11 FRA 8, GBR 1
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Water Polo Great Britain GBR Round One Match #2 1 1928-08-04 GBR 4, TCH 2 1

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Final 2 5:25.8
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 5:25.6
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 QU 5:35.6
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 3 5:50.6
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Final 5 5:32.0
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QC 5:30.4
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat One 2 QU 5:32.6
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Six 2 QU 5:32.8

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Final 2 22:39.0
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 22:33.4
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU 23:16.6
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 3 23:56.6
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Final 4 21:55.6
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QC 21:53.4
1924 Summer 30 Paris Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 2 QU 22:26.8

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 3 10:28.6
1912 Summer 18 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3 QC 10:39.4