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Norman Pritchard

Full name: Norman Gilbert Pritchard (-Trevor)
Gender: Male
Born: June 23, 1875 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Died: October 30, 1929 in Norwalk, California, United States
Affiliations: Bengal Presidency AC, Kolkata (IND)
Country: IND India
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Norman Pritchard is a "controversial" Olympian in that he is claimed by both Britain and India as having competed for them at the 1900 Olympics. The doyen of British Olympic historians, Ian Buchanan, notes that Pritchard was a member of an old colonial family and although he was born in India, he was indisputedly British. The Indian Olympic historian, Gulu Ezekiel, claims Pritchard based on his birth and the fact that he lived in India for many years. Pritchard moved to England in the summer of 1900 and was elected a member of [London AC] in June after which he competed in the AAA Championships, which he entered as a member of the London AC and the Bengal Presidency AC, further adding to the confusion. The British team was chosen for the 1900 Olympics based on the results of the 1900 AAA Championships, and Pritchard's runner-up finish to Al Kraenzlein in the 120y hurdles garnered him Olympic selection. Buchanan notes that the Paris program lists him as a member of the AAA team, and that The New York Times referred to him as an "Englishman". Although not a match for the best athletes at the 1900 Olympics, he was a solid sprinter and hurdler, winning the Bengal 100 yards title for seven consecutive years (1894-1900) and was also Bengal champion at 440 yards and 120y hurdles, which would lend support to the Indian claim. He was also at one time Secretary of the Indian FA. He later moved to the United States, where he took the name Norman Trevor, and became a silent movie star, appearing alongside Ronald Coleman in 27 movies for MGM. But he died penniless in California, in and out of mental asylums, presumably from a chronic brain disease, unclassified in that era.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.9 (1899); 200 – 22.6e (1900); 110H – 15.4y (1899); 200H – 26.2 (1900).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 60 metres India IND 3 h1 r1/2
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres India IND 2 h4 r2/3
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres India IND 2 Silver
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles India IND AC
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres Hurdles India IND 2 Silver

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Round One Heat One 3 1 yd bh

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Semi-Finals Heat Three 3 QC
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Semi-Finals Repêchage Heat 2 inches bh
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Final 2 2½ yds bh
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Round One Heat One 2 QU easy win

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Final AC DNF
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Round One Heat Two 1 QU 16.6

Men's 200 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Final 2 5 yds bh
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics India Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 26.8