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Arthur Robertson

Full name: Arthur James Robertson
Gender: Male
Born: April 19, 1879 in Harthill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: April 18, 1957 in Peterborough, Peterborough, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of David Robertson.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Arthur Robertson, the son of a Glasgow doctor who reached the closing stages of the "English Amateur Golf Championship" in 1885, was educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow, before moving to King's School, Peterborough, as a 14-year-old. At both schools, he was a brilliant all-round sportsman, and the school mile record he set at King's in 1894 remained unbeaten for many years. On leaving school, Robertson concentrated on cycling and it was not until he was 25 that he began to take athletics seriously. Representing Peterborough AC, he finished fifth in the 1906 AAA mile and at the end of the season transferred to Birchfield Harriers. In 1907 he took part in four events at the AAA Championships, with second place in the steeplechase being his best performance. In March 1908, Robertson won the English and the International cross country titles, while second place in the AAA 4 miles in July earned him a place in the Olympics tam. At the Games, he won a gold medal in the 3-mile team race, in which he individually finished second, a silver medal in the steeplechase and was fifth in the 5 miles. He closed the Olympic season with a highly successful tour of Scandinavia, and on 13 September, running on a banked concrete cycle track in Stockholm, he set a world record of 15:01.2 for 5,000 metres. The following day, he failed by only 83 yards to better Walter George's world 1-hour record. In 1909, Robertson finished second in both the 1-mile and the 4-miles at the AAA Championships and his final race came at the Glasgow Rangers Sports when he was only one second outside Alf Shrubb's British record for 1½ miles. At the age of 30, after a track and cross-country career lasting only four years, he returned to cycling. Both his brothers were well-known cyclists and his youngest brother, D. C. Robertson, competed in the 1908 Olympic Games. Arthur owned a sports shop in Peterborough for many years and the business was later taken over by his son.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:23.4e (1909); 3 miles – 14:27.2 (1908); 5K – 15:01.2 (1908); 4 miles – 19:45.2 (1908); 6 miles – 30:26.0 (1908); 10K – 31:30.4 (1908); Hour – 18,479 metres (11 miles, 849 yards).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 5 mile Great Britain GBR 5
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's 3 mile, Team Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Final 5 26:13.0
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 25:50.2

Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Final 2 10:48.8 at 4 yds
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 11:10.0

Men's 3 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1 6 points 2
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 6 points 2
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 1 QU 6 points =1
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