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Vane Pennell

Full name: Vane Hungerford Pennell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Born: August 16, 1876 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: June 17, 1938 in Boscombe, Bournemouth, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Jeu De Paume, Racquets

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After spending only one term at Eton, Vane Pennell moved to Charterhouse where he won the Public School Rackets doubles in 1893 and 1894 with Ernest Garnett as his partner. However, on going up to Trinity College, Cambridge Pennell failed to fine a place in the University Rackets team and began to take more interest in the game of Real Tennis. Although he was undoubtedly one of the outstanding players of court games of his generation, Vane Pennell only made occasional appearances in the championship events. In 1901 he was the British Rackets doubles champion, partnering a fellow Old Carthusian, Frances Dames Longworth, but Pennell did not play in the championships again until 1908 when he and Dames Longworth again won the title. His appearances in the Real Tennis championships were equally spasmodic and he only entered for the single nine times in the twenty-year period up to 1923. He was, however, a finalist seven times and won the title in 1904. At the 1908 Olympics, Pennell played in the singles at both Real Tennis and Rackets and in each event was defeated by the ultimate winner. However, he won a gold medal in the Rackets doubles with John Astor as his partner. Vane Pennell’s sporting interests were not restricted to the dedan and he represented Great Britain, against France, at ice hockey when he was captain of the Prince’s Club team. He was also the author of the first ever book written on the Auction Bridge. During World Water I he served overseas as a captain with the Royal Army Service Corps.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 31 London Jeu De Paume Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 5T
1908 Summer 31 London Racquets Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 5
1908 Summer 31 London Racquets Men's Doubles Great Britain-1 GBR 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 31 London Jeu De Paume Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1908-05-20 Gould (USA) 3, Pennell (GBR) 0 0
1908 Summer 31 London Jeu De Paume Great Britain GBR Round One Match #3 1 1908-05-18 Pennell (GBR) 3, Cazalet (GBR) 0 3

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 31 London Racquets Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1908-04-28 Noel (GBR) 3, Pennell (GBR) 0 0

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 31 London Racquets Great Britain-1 GBR John Jacob Astor Final 1 1908-05-01 GBR-1 4, GBR-2 1
1908 Summer 31 London Racquets Great Britain-1 GBR John Jacob Astor Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-04-30 GBR-1 4, GBR-3 2
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