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Frank Southall

Full name: William Frank Southall
Gender: Male
Born: July 2, 1904 in Wandsworth, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: April 5, 1964 in Hayling Island, Hampshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Norwood Paragon CC, Norwood (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Londoner Frank Southall was equally at home on the track as on the roads and at any discipline between a kilometre and a twelve hour race. He took part in his first race at the age of 17 and three years later was established as the top rider in the country. Southall would often win time trials so easily that cycling magazines coined the term “Southall margin” to describe an overwhelming race victory. In 1925 he broke the national hour record and was chosen for his first World Championship road race in Amsterdam. At the 1928 Olympic Games Southall won silver medals individually and as part of the British road race team but was convinced that he had been unfairly treated and cheated out of two Olympic titles. British officials protested that the Danish gold medalist Henry Hansen had taken a short cut in one of the wooded sections of the course but no evidence was found and the appeal was rejected. Southall added another Olympic medal, a bronze, in the team pursuit at the 1932 Olympics before electing to leave his job as a plasterer to ride professionally for Hercules Bicycles. He focused on point-to-point and 24-hour record attempts during his time as a pro before gradually ending his career to focus on an executive job with Hercules which involved managing the career his employer’s female cyclists.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Great Britain GBR 6
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Great Britain GBR 4
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 2 4-55:06
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 6 2-30:16.2

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2 4-55:06
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Standings 4 2-30:16.2

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 3/4 1 4:56.0
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 4:57.4
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Qualifying Round 3 QU 4:58.2