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Fred Hulford

Full name: Frederick Henry "Fred" Hulford
Gender: Male
Born: February 6, 1883 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain
Died: January 23, 1976 in Winchmore Hill, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

After joining Herne Hill harriers in 1903, Frederick Hulford moved to Birchfield Harriers in 1905 and two years later joined Surrey AC. In 1905 he represented England in the International Cross-Country and won the Midland mile and 4 miles titles. After winning the Midland mile again in 1906-07, he virtually gave up the sport before making a comeback for the 1912 Olympics, having little difficulty in making the team for Stockholm. In 1913, Hulford won the Midland 440y title, an astonishing achievement for a man who had been the 4 miles champion eight years earlier and finished third to Dorando Pietri (ITA) in a 20-mile road race in Paris in 1905. At the AAAs he had earlier displayed similar versatility: finishing fourth in the 10 miles in 1905, winning the 4 miles in 1906, and placing sixth at 880y in 1912. After World War I, he began a career as a starter and became the world's most respected authority. He was Chief Starter at all the major meetings in England including the 1934 British Empire Games and the 1948 Olympic Games, and he also coached the starters for the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 220y – 22.6 (1913); 400 – 49.8 (1913); 800 – 1:57.4; Mile - 4:25.4; 2 miles – 9:43.2 (1906).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR AC h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Great Britain GBR AC h6 r1/2

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 QU

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six AC