Full name: Robert "Bobby" Bridge
Born: April 16, 1883 in Lathom, Lancashire, Great Britain
Died: July 17, 1953 in Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: Lancashire Walking Club, (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Initially a postman, Bobby Bridge later qualified as a dentist despite the handicap of his left arm being amputated at the elbow. On his dÃ©but in the AAA championships in 1912, at the age of 29, he won both the 2 miles and 7 miles walk and he repeated the double in 1913 and 1914. At the 1919 Championships he won the 2 miles for the fourth consecutive time and was the only pre-War champion to retain his title. At the Northern Championships he took the 2 mile/7 mile double four times (1912-14, 1919), won the 2 miles twice more (1921-22), and had a fifth successive win the 7 miles in 1920. In one race at Stamford Bridge in 1914 he broke the world record for every distance from 11 miles to 16 miles (2-05:39.8) and also set a new 2-hour record.
Personal Bests: 2 mile Walk â 13:48.8 (1912); 7 mile Walk â 52:06.8 (1914); 2-hour Walk â 24.781 km. (15 m, 701y).
|1912 Summer||29||Stockholm||Athletics||Men's 10 kilometres Walk||Great Britain||GBR||AC h2 r1/2|
|1912 Summer||29||Stockholm||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Two||AC||DQ|