Full name: John Vincent "Jack" Powell
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: Great Britain
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).
|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|
|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|