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Duncan Wright

Full name: Duncan MacLeod Wright
Nickname(s): Dunky
Gender: Male
Born: September 22, 1896 in Glasgow, Glasgow City, Great Britain
Died: August 21, 1976 in Glasgow, Glasgow City, Great Britain
Affiliations: Shettleston Harriers/Caledonian Harriers/Maryhill Harriers
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

A three-time Olympic marathoner, Duncan Wright's best performance was at Los Angeles in 1932 when he finished fourth after briefly leading the field in the closing stages. In 1930 he was the AAA and British Empire Games champion and he won his second AAA title in 1931. He also won the Poly race twice, winning for the first time in 1924 and with his second success coming 10 years later. In 1934 he announced his retirement after winning the bronze medal at the British Empire Games but he returned to competition more than a decade later. In 1946, just short of his 50th birthday, he finished second in the first Scottish marathon championship and followed this with fifth place in the AAA Championship. Dunky Wright began as a cross-country runner and represented Scotland in every International Championship from 1920-30, with a best of fifth in 1925. His 11 appearances was a Scottish record until beaten by Andrew Brown in 1968. On the track Wright won the Scottish 4 miles in 1925 and 10 miles in 1925-26. He served as President of the Scottish AAA in 1959.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-32:41.0 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 20
1932 Summer 35 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 4

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC DNF
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 20 2-45:30
1932 Summer 35 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 4 2-32:41
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