Full name: Frank Dennis Sando
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: March 14, 1931 in Maidstone, Kent, Great Britain
Died: October 12, 2012
Affiliations: Aylesford Paper Mills SC, Aylesford (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Frank Sando ran the 10,000 metres on the track at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, but was far better known for his cross-country exploits. Sando placed fifth in the Helsinki 10K, despite losing a shoe on the third lap, and running with one bare foot for the remainder of the race. He won the Kent junior cross-country title in 1948 for Maidstone Harriers, but later moved to Aylesford Paper Mills club. Between his Olympic appearances, Sando placed 3rd in the 3-miles and 2nd in the 6-miles at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, competing for England.
In cross-country Sando’s biggest feats came in winning the International Cross-Country Championships in 1955 and 1957. He was also second in that event in 1953, 1956, and 1959, and placed third in 1958. He won the Kent Championships in cross-country eight times and was English National Champion in 1957. He stopped competitive running in 1963. By profession Sando worked as a statistician, retiring in 1991. He also held many posts with the Kent Athletics Association.
Personal Best\: 10000 – 29:27.6 (1954).
|1952 Summer||21||Helsinki||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Great Britain||GBR||5|
|1956 Summer||25||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Great Britain||GBR||10|
|1952 Summer||21||Helsinki||Athletics||Great Britain||Final Standings||5||29:51.8|
|1956 Summer||25||Melbourne||Athletics||Great Britain||Final Standings||10||30:05.0|