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Alex Wilson

Full name: Alexander S. "Alex" Wilson
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: December 1, 1905 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: October 10, 1994 in South Bend, Indiana, United States
Affiliations: ?, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

When athlete Alexander Wilson took home a bronze medal as part of the Canadian 4x400 relay team at the 1928 Summer Olympics it was only the beginning of a successful half-decade career in amateur athletics. It was the same year that he entered the University of Notre Dame and began a string of victories in the quarter-mile and half-mile that left him undefeated in these events at the collegiate level. He also set an indoor record of 49.3 seconds in the 440 yards, as well as several other Canadian national ones. During these four years he also acquired numerous medals at the international level. At the 1930 British Empire Games he captured the 440 yard title as well as silver in the 4x440 yard relay (with Olympians Jimmy Ball, Stan Glover, and non-Olympian Art Scott) and bronze in the 880 yard competition. At the 1932 Summer Olympics he medaled in every event that he entered, taking silver in the 800 metres and bronze in the 400 metres and the 4x400 relay. Shortly thereafter he graduated from Notre Dame and retired from active competition.

Wilson then transformed his passion for athletics into a lifelong career. He quickly secured a coaching position at Loyola University Chicago and spent the next 13 years coaching swimming, basketball, cross-country, and track before being promoted to athletics director in 1945. Five years later he returned to Notre Dame, now as a track coach, and remained there until his 1972 retirement, garnering a 1957 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cross-country championship title in the process. He was inducted as a member of the Canadian Track (1954) and Helms Athletic Foundation Halls of Fame (1967) and was named NCAA cross country coach of the year in 1972. The Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame is named in his honor.

Personal Bests: 400 – 47.3 (1932); 800 – 1:49.9 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 400 metres Canada CAN 4 h2 r3/4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 800 metres Canada CAN 6 h1 r2/3
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 400 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 800 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H) L
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 49.2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Round One Heat Eleven 2 QU 49.9
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Final 3 47.4 3
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 47.8
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 4 QU 49.6
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 3 QU 50.5

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 6 1:57.1
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:59.2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Final 2 1:49.9
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:52.5

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ST T(H)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada CAN Final 3 3:15.4 49.2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:22.0
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada CAN Final 3 47,3 3:12.8
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:21.8