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Reg Harris

Full name: Reginald Hargreaves "Reg" Harris
Gender: Male
Born: March 1, 1920 in Birtle Moor, Bury, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: June 22, 1992 in Macclesfield, Cheshire East, Great Britain
Affiliations: Manchester Wheelers, Manchester (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Britain’s greatest track sprinter prior to the arrival of Chris Hoy, Reg Harris won a total of five world sprint titles. His first came as an amateur in 1947. Recovering from a broken arm, he “only” won two silver medals (sprint and tandem) at the 1948 London Olympics prior to becoming a professional. In 1949, he became the first person to win a professional sprint title at his first attempt since the title was introduced, retaining his crown in 1950 and 1951. He again won the championship in 1954, while earning medals in 1953 and 1956. Harris also won the Grand Prix de Paris in 1956. Retiring in 1957, Harris returned to the sport in the 1970s, notably winning the 1974 British sprint title, at age 54.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Men's Sprint Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank RW T
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 2 0
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 2
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain Round Two Heat Eight 1 QU 15.1
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 14.4

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank RW T
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 2 1
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.4
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.6
1948 Summer 28 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.2