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Edgar Mountain

Full name: Edgar Donald Mountain
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: April 2, 1901 in Camberwell, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: April 30, 1985 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Affiliations: Surrey AC, Kingston-upon-Thames (GBR) / University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Edgar Mountain was a brilliant junior who finished fourth in the 1920 Olympic 800 final with a new UK junior record of 1:54.6. On his return from Antwerp he matched his Olympic performance by winning the Surrey AC 880 y Club Championship in 1:55.4. A Cambridge blue, he won the 880y against Oxford in 1921-22, having finished second in 1920-21. He was at his best in Stockholm in September 1921 when he set a new world best for 500 m to beat Mel Sheppard's previous record by two seconds and then set a career best for 800m the following day. Mountain had a wide-ranging talent and shared in UK relay records at 4×440y (Surrey AC – 1920) and the 4×Mile (CUAC – 1922). In his second Olympics he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 800 in 1924 and this effectively ended his athletic career. He settled in South Africa and became Emeritus Professor of Geology at Rhodes University. A specialist in South African geological formations, he discovered several new minerals, one of which, "Mountainite", bears his name.

Personal Bests: 440y – 50.6e (1922); 800 – 1:53.8e (1920).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR 4
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR 7 h3 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Final 4 1:54.6
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:58.0est 5 m. bh1
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:57.6
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 7
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 3 QU
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