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Frank Sando

Full name: Frank Dennis Sando
Gender: Male
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: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
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
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