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Bobby Kerr

Full name: Robert "Bobby" Kerr
Nickname(s): The Wentworth Flash
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: June 9, 1882 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Great Britain
Died: May 12, 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: West End Pleasure Club, Hamilton ON
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Born in present-day Northern Ireland, Bobby Kerr’s family emigrated to Canada when he was 5-years-old and settled in Hamilton, Ontario. Kerr took up athletics while working as a fireman in his hometown and, in 1904, he spent all of his savings to go to St. Louis to take part of the Olympic athletics competitions. At St. Louis Kerr was not very successful, as he was eliminated in the first heats of all three events in which he participated. After the 1904 Olympics, however, Kerr’s performances improved and, after setting Canadian records for all sprint distances between 40 and 220 yds and becoming Canadian champion at 100 (1907) and 220 yds (1906-08), Kerr was sent to England to take part in the 1908 Olympics. In England Kerr won both the 1908 British AAA 100 yds and 220 yds and went to the Olympics as a favorite in both the 100 and 200. At the Olympics Kerr lost to surprise winner Reggie Walker and American James Rector in the 100 final, but won the 200 metres gold. During World War I Kerr served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces as an officer with the 205th, 164th and 1st Tank battalions. After the war Kerr coached athletics and football (soccer) teams in Hamilton and was an official at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. He was also involved with the Canadian Olympic Association and helped to organize the inaugural 1930 British Empire Games held in Hamilton.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.9 (1908); 200 – 21.5y (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 60 metres Canada CAN AC h5 r1/2
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN 3 h2 r1/2
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 3 h2 r1/2
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Canada Round One Heat Three 2 QC
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Canada Round One Repêchage Heat AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB L
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 3
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Final 3 11.0est inches bh 2nd 4
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.0
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Round One Heat Ten 1 QU 11.0

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 3
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Final 1 22.6 3
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.6
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Canada Round One Heat Eleven 1 QU/OR 22.2