Full name: Edgar Donald Mountain
Height: 5'6" (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: Great Britain
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).
|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|
|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|