Full name: Eric Mackenzie Robertson
Born: September 12, 1892 in Saint John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Eric Robertson is not always listed as a British international, because of the unusual circumstances surrounding his 1920 Olympic participation in the marathon. During World War I, Robertson was wounded in action while serving on the Somme, after which he settled in London where he was employed in a clothing store. Among his workmates were some member of Polytechnic Harriers and through them Robertson developed an interest in running, although he had no competitive record of note. He elected to travel to Antwerp to watch the Olympics, and met up there with his Polytechnic teammates, who were in Antwerp as part of the British team. Canada was affiliated with Newfoundland at the time, although it was not integrated into the Dominion until 1948. Canada had entered four marathon runners, while Britain entered only three. His teammates persuaded the British team manager to offer the vacant fourth spot on the British team to Robertson, who wore the number that had been allocated to the fourth member of the British team, even though Robertson was a Newfoundland national. His lack of experience and ability showed as he finished in last place, 35 minutes behind the next-to-last finisher, and almost 1½ hours behind the winner. For his Olympic participation, he was presented a silver medal by the Polytechnic Sports Club.
Personal Best: Mar – unknown.
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