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Malcolm Nokes

Full name: Malcolm Cuthbert Nokes
Gender: Male
Born: May 20, 1897 in Edmonton, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: November 22, 1986 in Alton, Hampshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Achilles Club, (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

After many successes by Irish and Scottish hammer throwers, Malcolm Nokes was the first Englishman to reach world class status in modern times. On going up to Oxford, after winning a Military Cross in World War I, his ambitions received a setback when the hammer was dropped from the Oxbridge Sports after Nokes had won the event in 1921. He did, however, win a water polo blue in each of the four years he was at Oxford (1919-22). Nokes was the leading Briton at the AAA Championships for eight consecutive years, winning the title in 1923-26 and placing second in 1921-22 and 1927-28. He also won the hammer at the 1930 and 1934 British Empire Games. In the 1930 British Empire Games he also finished fifth in the discus throw. His third place at the 1924 Olympics is still the best performance by an Englishman at the Games, and with one of his four foul throws landing over 54.86 (180-0)m he came close to winning the gold medal. In 1923 he improved Tom Nicholson’s British record twice, and another 24 years passed before his record was beaten. He was also a leading discus thrower, placing fourth at the 1925 AAA Championships and winning the event against France in 1927. A schoolmaster by profession, he played a leading role in the development of the AAA coaching scheme.

Personal Bests: DT – 38.43 (126-1) (1927); HT – 52.75 (173-1) (1923).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Great Britain GBR 11 QR

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 3 48.875
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Round 3 48.875
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 2 QU 48.875
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 11 45.37
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 5 45.37
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