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Peter Hildreth

Full name: Peter Burke Hildreth
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: July 8, 1928 in Bedford, Bedford, Great Britain
Died: February 25, 2011 in Farnham, Surrey, Great Britain
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Son of Will Hildreth.

Biography

Although born in England, Peter Hildreth spent his early years in India. His father Will Hildreth had been a outstanding sprinter who had held the Indian 200 m record for two decades and represented India at the 1924 Olympic Games. Hildreth was sent home to England to be educated and began his track and field career whilst a pupil at Ratcliffe College. After serving his compulsory military service he went on to study history at Cambridge University and it was whilst a student there that he began to make his mark in international competition. Hildreth won the AAA 120 yards hurdles championship in 1950 and was chosen for that year’s European Championship. Running in an outside lane at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels he won the bronze medal behind André Marie of France. Although Hildreth competed at three Olympic Games, three European Championships and a Commonwealth Games this was his only major championship medal. He won further AAA championships in 1953 and 1956 over the 120 yard hurdles and in 1952 and 1954 over 220 yard hurdles and equaled Don Finlay’s British 120 yard hurdles record five times over the course of his career. Hildreth retired from competitive athletics after the Rome Olympics and took up the post of athletics correspondent for the newly launched Sunday Telegraph newspaper. In a 33 year span with the newspaper he reported on every major championship and was a strongly opinionated opponent of the use of doping in his sport.

Personal Best: 110H – 14.3y (1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 6 h1 r2/3
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 4 h4 r1/3
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 5 h1 r2/4

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 6 14.9 15.15
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 2 QU 14.7 14.94
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 4 14.5 14.68
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat One 5 14.6 14.78
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 4 QU 14.8 14.90
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