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Frank Turner

Full name: Frank Conway Turner
Gender: Male
Born: November 5, 1922
Died: September 27, 2010 in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Broad Street Boys Club/Tottenham Court Rd. Youth Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Gymnastics

Biography

A Londoner by birth, Frank Turner showed prowess in a number of different sports as a youngster and gained honours in table tennis, diving, football and boxing as well as gymnastics. He ever reached the semi-finals of the flyweight division of the Amateur Boxing Association Championship before concentrating solely on his gymnastic career. Turner had shown his talent at an early age by winning the South of England Boys Championship at the age of eleven and made his international debut at the age of fifteen in 1938 but the war years robbed him of the chance of an Olympic debut until the Games arrived in his hometown in 1948. Formed at short notice and with having little experience of international competition the British were lucky to come under the tutelage of future Olympic champion Helmut Bantz, still a prisoner of war in England, who acted as an unofficial coach to the team.

Four times a British all-around champion (1949-51 & 1953) he went to three Olympic Games as a competitor and added a fourth in 1960 when he was head coach to the British team. Turner gained a degree in sports science in 1964 and became a lecturer in the subject at Watford College of Technology and Dulwich Public College well into the 21st century.

He also worked in the movies and in television as a double for actors required to perform gymnastic stunts.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around Great Britain GBR 67
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around Great Britain GBR 12
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise Great Britain GBR 61T
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault Great Britain GBR 56T
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars Great Britain GBR 44T
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Great Britain GBR 88
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Rings Great Britain GBR 57T
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse Great Britain GBR 66T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around Great Britain GBR 73
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around Great Britain GBR 21
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise Great Britain GBR 148T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault Great Britain GBR 70T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars Great Britain GBR 87T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Great Britain GBR 106T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Rings Great Britain GBR 61T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse Great Britain GBR 43T
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around Great Britain GBR 50
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise Great Britain GBR 53
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault Great Britain GBR 57
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars Great Britain GBR 48T
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Great Britain GBR 48T
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Rings Great Britain GBR 38T
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse Great Britain GBR 53

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 67 202.60 100.95 101.65
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 73 104.70 52.50 52.20
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 50 103.15 51.95 51.20

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain GBR Final Standings 12 202.60
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain GBR Final Standings 21

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 61T 34.35 17.55 16.80
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 148T 15.65 7.75 7.90
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 53 16.55 8.05 8.50

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 56T 36.20 18.10 18.10
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 70T 18.25 9.20 9.05
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 57 17.60 8.90 8.70

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 44T 35.70 17.70 18.00
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 87T 17.75 9.10 8.65
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 48T 17.65 8.75 8.90

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 88 29.20 13.00 16.20
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 106T 16.80 8.25 8.55
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 48T 17.75 8.95 8.80

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 57T 34.40 17.60 16.80
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 61T 18.20 9.15 9.05
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 38T 17.25 8.75 8.50

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1948 Summer 25 London Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 66T 32.75 17.00 15.75
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 43T 18.05 9.05 9.00
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Gymnastics Great Britain Final Standings 53 16.35 8.55 7.80
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