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Ben Jones

Full name: Benjamin "Ben" Jones
Gender: Male
Born: January 2, 1882 in Leigh, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: August 20, 1963 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Affiliations: Wigan Bicycle Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Competing in five separate events, involving a total of 11 races, the 1908 Olympic Games was a busy meeting for the Wigan collier, Ben Jones. However, with two gold medals and one silver, Jones provided to be Britain’s most successful rider of the Games. After taking second place in the 20km event, when he lost by the narrowest of margins to Clarence Kingsbury, Jones joined Kingsbury, Leon Meredith and Ernest Payne to take the gold medals in the team pursuit. He then won his third medal, and his second gold, in the 5 km. and after finishing second to Maurice Schilles of France in the 1,000 metres he was deprived of a fourth medal when the judges declared the race void after the pre-arranged time limited had been exceeded. Two weeks before the Games, Ben Jones won the NCU 5-mile title and his post Olympic successes including a silver medal behind Victor Johnson in the 1908 world amateur sprint championship at Leipzig, a second victory in the NCU 5-mile championship in 1910 and four wins at the South African championships between 1911 and 1914. Ben Jones began his cycling career with his local club in Wigan but he later based himself in the south and rode for Southwark CC and later Putney CC.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's Sprint Great Britain GBR 3 h4 r2/3
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's Sprint Great Britain GBR AC r2/2 DQ
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's 5,000 metres Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's 20 kilometres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Four 3
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 59.0
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 AC
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 1:40.8
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Twelve 1 QU 1:35.0

Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 2:18.6
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:19.6
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 1 QU/walkover

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 1 8:36.2
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 9:08.8

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 2
1908 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 32:39.0