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Bob Tisdall

Full name: Robert Morton Newburgh "Bob" Tisdall
Nickname(s): The Irish Wonder
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 16, 1907 in Nuwara Eliya, Madhyama, Sri Lanka
Died: July 27, 2004 in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Affiliations: Achilles Club, (GBR)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A year before the 1932 Olympics, nobody would have even considered Bob Tisdall for the Olympic gold in the 400 m hurdles. While a decent sprinter and high hurdler at Cambridge University, where he majored in agriculture and forestry, Tisdall had never contested the event until, early in 1932, he asked the president of the Irish NOC to send him to Los Angeles for that event. He met the qualifying standard in his second attempt, winning the Irish championship in the event. In 1931 Tisdall had won four events in the Oxbridge meet – the 440 yards, long jump, shot put, and 120 yard hurdles. He was Irish champion in the 120 yard hurdles in 1930 and in the 440 yards hurdles in 1932, but he was not considered of world caliber. But once in Los Angeles, Tisdall was unbeatable. In the final, he even betered the world record to win the gold medal. He received the medal, but not the record, as Tisdall had knocked over the final hurdle, which was not allowed by the rules of the day for record purposes.

Born in Sri Lanka, raised in Ireland and educated in England, Tisdall emigrated to South Africa at the end of 1933 and while there helped to form the South African-Irish Regiment during World War II. He later lived in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Kenya and Tanzania before returning to Ireland and eventually settling in Nambour, in Queensland, Australia. He participated in the torch relay for the Sydney Olympics, aged 93.

Personal Bests: 400H – 51.67 (1932); Dec – 6398 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Ireland IRL 1 Gold
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Decathlon Ireland IRL 8

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Final 1 51.8 51.67 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 52.8 52.60
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 54.8 54.63

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Final Standings 8 7,327.170 6.398
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 100 metres 4T 833.4 744 11.3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 100 metres Heat Five 1 833.4 744 11.3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Long jump 10 755.00 720 6.60
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Shot put 9 724 642 12.58
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland High jump 10T 608 504 1.65
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 400 metres 1 OB 969,92 855 49.0
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 110 metre hurdles 2 952,5 762 15.5
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 110 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 952,5 762 15.5
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Discus throw 12 547.80 530 33.31
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Pole vault 8T 595 406 3.20
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland Javelin throw 11 567.150 519 45.26
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 1,500 metres 2 774.4 716 4:34.4
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Ireland 1,500 metres Heat Two 1 774.4 716 4:34.4