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Sid Atkinson

Full name: Sidney James Montford "Sid" Atkinson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: March 14, 1901 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: August 31, 1977 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Sid Atkinson was primarily a hurdler, who first came to international attention in 1922, running the 110 m hurdles in 15.2 and the 400 m hurdles in 56.5. He was also a useful long jumper. At the 1924 Paris Olympics, the favorite in the high hurdles was American [George Guthrie], but as the race started, Atkinson and another American [Dan Kinsey] got off quickly and ran together until the eighth hurdle when Atkinson edged ahead. Atkinson clipped his toe on the last barrier, allowing Kinsey to take back the lead and win gold. Atkinson reappeared at the next Olympics, finally getting his gold after the disappointment of 1924, defeating American [Steve Anderson], who had equaled the world record in his semi-final. Atkinson also won the British AAA 120 yd hurdles title on his two visits to Europe.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 110H – 14.7y (1928); LJ – 7.34 (1925).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles South Africa RSA 2 Silver
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 100 metres South Africa RSA 5 h3 r2/4
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles South Africa RSA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Quarter-Finals Heat Three 5 11.0e
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Two 1 QU 11.2

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Final 2 15.0 4
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 15.2
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 15.2
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Final 1 14.8 3
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 14.9
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics South Africa Round One Heat Five 2 QU
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