Full name: James Wilson
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: October 2, 1891
Died: 1973 in Brent, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Greenock (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)
James Wilson won Scottish titles at 4 miles (1914-20 and 10 miles (1920) but never ran in the AAA Championships. His greatest performance on the track was in the 10K at the 1920 Olympics when he stayed in contact with the great Paavo Nurmi and Joseph Guillemot to take third place, only five second behind the winner. Wilson also had an impressive record as a cross-country runner and won the International Championship shortly after winning his only Scottish title in 1920. He represented Scotland four times (1920-21, 1924-25) in the International race, having previously been sixth for England in 1914. In the 1920 Olympic cross-country event, he individually placed fourth and led Britain into second place in the team event. With a silver and bronze medal, he remains one of Scotland's most successful Olympians. He spent his working life as a mechanical engineer.
Personal Bests: Mile – 4:28.0 (1915); 4 miles – 20:22.4 (1920); 6 miles – 30:45.0 (1920); 10000 – 31:50.8 (1920); 10 miles – 52:04.4 (1920).
Men's Cross-Country, Individual
Men's Cross-Country, Team