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Harry Kerr

Full name: Henry Edward "Harry" Kerr
Gender: Male
Height: 15-4 (184 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: January 28, 1879 in Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand
Died: May 17, 1951 in [unknown], Taranaki, New Zealand
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Harry Kerr was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal. Kerr won the Australasian one-mile walk title in the summer of 1907-08 and that was sufficient to gain him a place in the combined New Zealand-Australia (Australasia) team for the Olympic Games in London. He finished second in his heat of the 3500 m walk at the Games and was third in the final. He also qualified for the final of the 10-mile walk, but did not start because of injured feet. Kerr won national titles over one and three miles in 1911, won the mile again in 1912 and was Australasian champion over both distances in 1909. Service in World War I interrupted Kerr's career but he reappeared in the national championships in 1925, at the age of 46, again winning the one and three-mile titles.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 3,500 metres Walk Australasia ANZ 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 10 mile Walk Australasia ANZ DNS r2/2

Men's 3,500 metres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Australasia Final 3 15:43.4
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Australasia Round One Heat One 2 QU 16:02.2

Men's 10 mile Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Australasia Round One Heat Two 3 QU 1-18:40.2
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