Full name: John Louis Barnard
Born: February 25, 1885 in Devizes, Wiltshire, Great Britain
Died: May 22, 1977 in Hillingdon, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: Great Britain
Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of Johnnie Matthews.
John Barnard started racing with the Marlborough AC in 1907, and after some success in individual handicap events, took to tandem racing and teamed up with his future brother-in-law [Johnnie Matthews] (Barnard was to marry Matthewsâ sister Eleanor in 1913). Before Barnardâs first season was out, he and Matthews lost in the final of that yearâs London Centre Championships two-mile tandem race to [Frederick Hamlin] and [Thomas Johnson] who, like Matthews & Barnard, were brothers-in-law.
Despite their successes together, including breaking the half-, three-quarter- and one-mile records from a standing start, Matthews and Barnard were not selected to race together at the London Olympics. Instead, Barnard was teamed up with the crack rider [Arthur Rushen], the 1906 tandem gold medalist (with Matthews). However, neither men, nor Matthews and his partner [Leon Meredith], picked up any tandem medals. Like his limited pre-Olympics success, Barnard also did little of note after the 1908 Games.
|1908 Summer||23||London||Cycling||Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres||Great Britain||GBR||3 h2 r2/3|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Cycling||Great Britain||GBR||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||3|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Cycling||Great Britain||GBR||Round One||Heat Four||2||QC||at 1Â½ lengths|