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Arthur Porritt

Full name: Arthur Espie Porritt
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: August 10, 1900 in Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Died: January 1, 1994 in St. John's Wood, Greater London, Great Britain
Title: Baron of Wanganui and Hampstead
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Arthur Espie Porritt, 1st Baron of Wanganui and Hampstead, led a life of achievement as a sportsman, a sports administrator, a surgeon, a health administrator and as the first New Zealander to become governor-general of his own country. Born in Wanganui on 10 August 1900, Porritt was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and at Otago University, where he showed prominence in athletics, though also played rugby for University. He won the national 100 yards title in 1923 then took up his Rhodes Scholarship and was chosen to run in the Paris Olympics in 1924. Porritt was third in the final behind his friend, Harold Abrahams, and American Jackson Scholz. Porritt was also chosen for the Amsterdam Olympics but was injured and couldn't run and was captain of the team instead. He was manager of the New Zealand team at the Empire Games in London in 1934 and the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 where he advised Jack Lovelock to run in the 1500 metres instead of the 5000 metres. Porritt also served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was a member of the International Olympic Committee. Porritt trained as a doctor at St Mary's Hospital in London, where he spent the rest of his working life in various surgical appointments. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War II, being discharged as a brigadier, and provided professional service to the British royal family, beginning with being appointed as surgeon to the Duke of York (later King George VI) in 1935.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.8 (1923); 200 – 21.5 (1925).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres New Zealand NZL 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres New Zealand NZL 6 h1 r3/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Final 3 10.8 6
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.1
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.9
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Round One Heat One 2 QU at 1½ metres

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat One 6 22.6
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 22.0
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics New Zealand Round One Heat Four 1 QU 22.4
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