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Clarrie Kingsbury

Full name: Clarence Brickwood "Clarrie" Kingsbury
Gender: Male
Born: November 3, 1882 in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Great Britain
Died: March 4, 1949 in Southsea, Portsmouth, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Clarrie Kingsbury of Portsmouth was a remarkably versatile cyclist. He won an NCU title every year from 1907 to 1912 at distances ranging from a quarter-mile to 50 miles and between these extremes he won the gold medal at 20 km. at the 1908 Olympic Games. At the Olympics, the heats and final of the 20 km. event were held on the same day and after winning the fastest of the heats, Kingsbury beat his team-mate Ben Jones, by inches in the final. Three days later when won a second gold medal in the team pursuit. After the Olympics he went immediately to the World Championships in Leipzig and on his triumphant return to Portsmouth, Kingsbury was greeted by a vast crowd, estimated 60,000, and honored at a civic reception. Clarrie Kingsbury began racing as a 12-year-old in schoolboy events and won his first open event at the age of 16. At the end of his long career he became a publican in Portsmouth which provided him with a suitable site for displaying his many valuable trophies which, it is said, his customers were constantly encouraged to admire. After his Olympic victory, one of his two infant daughters received Kingsbury’s medal from the Queen. Both his daughters, Leonie and Thelma, were to become Britain’s leading badminton players in the 1930s. Between 1932 and 1937 they each won the All-England singles titles twice, collectively won five ladies’ doubles but with different partners as they did not enjoy being paired together in major tournaments and in 1937 Thelma won the mixed doubles.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Men's Sprint Great Britain GBR 2 h2 r2/3
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Men's Sprint Great Britain GBR AC r2/2 DQ
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Men's 5,000 metres Great Britain GBR 5
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Men's 20 kilometres Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 at 2/3rds length
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 57.4
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 AC
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 1:35.6
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Fifteen 1 QU 1:27.4

Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 2:18.6
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:19.6
1908 Summer 25 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 25 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 5
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Six 1 QU 8:53.0

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Final Round Match 1/2 1 34:13.6
1908 Summer 25 London Cycling Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 QU 32:33.8