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Charles Smith

Full name: Charles Sydney Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: January 26, 1879 in Worsley Mesnes, Pemberton, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: April 6, 1951 in Southport, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: Salford SC, Salford (GBR) / Southport Swimming Club, Southport (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Charles Smith of Salford SC captained the winning British water polo team at the 1908 Olympics and after joining Southport SC he won two more gold medals in 1912 and 1920. At the time of winning his third gold in Antwerp in 1920, Smith was 41 years and 270 days old and is the oldest water polo gold medallist in Olympic history. He made a fourth Olympic appearance in 1924 at the age of 45, was England’s goal-keeper for 25 years from 1902 to 1926, and in recognition of his talents he was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1924 Summer 45 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 10T

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1908 Summer 29 London Water Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-07-22 GBR 9, BEL 2 0
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Water Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1912-07-13 GBR 8, AUT 0
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Water Polo Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1912-07-11 GBR 6, SWE 3 0
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Water Polo Great Britain GBR Round One Match #1 1 1912-07-07 GBR 7, BEL 5 0
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Water Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-27 GBR 3, BEL 2 0
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Water Polo Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-26 GBR 7, USA 2 0
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Water Polo Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-24 GBR 9, ESP 0
1924 Summer 45 Paris Water Polo Great Britain GBR Round One Match #2 2 1924-07-13 HUN 7, GBR 6