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Jack Powell

Full name: John Vincent "Jack" Powell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: November 2, 1910 in Wealdstone, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: July 27, 1982 in Felpham, West Sussex, Great Britain
Affiliations: L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Jack Powell was a finalist in the AAA 880y for seven successive years (1931-37), winning in 1936 and placing second three times (1932, 1934-35). He was also the AAA 1000y indoor champion in 1936. In the 1934 British Empire Games he finished fourth in the 880y. His best performances came in Stockholm after the 1936 Olympics when he came within 0.2 seconds of the UK 1,000 m record and finished second to Glenn Cunningham the following day in the fastest 800 of the season. Powell's 1:50.8 placed him third on the UK all-time list, behind Tommy Hampson and Douglas Lowe. During the war, service as a Squadron Leader in the RAF took him to the Middle East where he won the Palestine Championships at 800 (1941-42) and 1,500 (1941). After the war he became a poultry farmer in Sussex and served as President of London AC in 1961.

Personal Bests: 400 – 49.5 (1933); 800 – 1:50.8 (1936); 1000 – 2:28.0 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR 7
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR 4 h2 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final 7 1:53.0
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 3 QU 1:55.6
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 1:54.8
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:56.0
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