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Tiny Thomas

Full name: Gordon W. "Tiny" Thomas
Gender: Male
Born: August 18, 1921 in Shipley, West Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: April 10, 2013 in Peterborough, Peterborough, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Gordon “Tiny” Thomas served in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Artillery during World War Two and, whilst stationed in Italy, became friendly with Italian champion Olimpio Bizzi. Inspired by his experiences he returned to cycle racing after arriving back England and gained a reputation as someone who could put in a sprint finish at the end of a long race. It was this attribute that helped him gain a place at the 1948 Summer Olympics. At the Games Thomas was part of an eight man breakaway that gained over three minutes on the peloton, but his hopes were thwarted on a final short climb near the finish and he placed eighth. This was good enough, however, to earn a silver medal in the team event. Thomas later had a short professional career with the BSA team that culminated in an overall victory at the 1953 Tour of Britain. He retired after the 1953 season and entered the wool trade. His nickname “Tiny” stuck with him since he began competing as a 12 year old against older children.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Great Britain GBR 8
1948 Summer 26 London Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1948 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 8 at 0:05.6

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1948 Summer 26 London Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2 5-18:18.2