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Harold Annison

Full name: Harold Edward Annison
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Born: December 27, 1895 in Hackney, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: November 27, 1957 in Worthing, West Sussex, Great Britain
Affiliations: Croydon Swimming Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Harold Annison mainly excelled as a middle- and long-distance freestyle swimmer, competing at Antwerpen in 1920 and Paris in 1924 in the 400 and 1500 freestyles, advancing to the second of three rounds in all four events. His only medal, however, was a bronze in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay in 1920. Four years later Annison also competed as a water polo player at Paris. He was also an excellent long-distance swimmer, making the podium at the British Championships in the River Thames swims in 1921 and 1924, finishing third and second respectively behind winner [Jack Hatfield] on both occasions. Annison won ASA freestyle titles at every distance except five miles and was also the 1920 National Salt-Water quarter-mile champion. His first title was at the age of 18 in 1913 when he prevented Jack Hatfield winning all the freestyle titles that year, by winning the 100y. He made his England debut soon afterwards.

Annison was later employed as a baths manager and in 1934 became the first manager of the new Brighton Aquatic Stadium. In 1936 he devised a 10-mile relay race that involved ten swimmers who would be a mixture of sprinters, middle- and long-distance swimmers. That same year his book Swimming, an instructional book for swimmers of all standards, was published and became part of the Pitman Games and Recreations series. Harold’s brother Reggie was also a fine swimmer and the two siblings played alongside each other in the Croydon SC water polo team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4 h2 r1/4
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 5 h2 r2/3
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h2 r2/3
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 28 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Great Britain GBR 10T
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4 h2 r2/3
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4 h2 r2/3
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 5

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Water Polo Great Britain GBR Round One Match #2 2 1924-07-13 HUN 7, GBR 6

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 4

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 5
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 Q 5:58.0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 5:39.4
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 Q 5:32.6

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 23:51.4
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 Q 24:28.2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 23:11.8
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 Q 22:38.4

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank ER
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 3
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Swimming Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 5 AC
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Four 2
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