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John Campbell

Full name: James Harper Poynter "John" Campbell
Gender: Male
Born: November 4, 1901 in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia
Died: July 2, 1975 in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Affiliations: University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


After placing second at both the 1924 Oxbridge Sports and the AAA Championships he was selected as Britain's only representative in the pole vault where he matched his personal best to that time with 3.20 (10-6). After Cambridge, John Campbell worked in the wine trade and in World War II he was in charge of raiding operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. With Patrick Leigh-Fermor he plotted the kidnapping of a German general from Crete, an incident on which the highly successful film, III Met by Moonlight, was based. His gallantry was recognized by the award of the DSO and DSC. Later in life, osteoarthritis restricted his physical activities and, when well past his 50th birthday, he enrolled at an art school and produced fine works of sculpture and ceramics.

Personal Best: PV – 3.35 (11-0) (multiple).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Men's Pole Vault Great Britain GBR 15T

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1924 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 15T 3.20
1924 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 15T 3.20
1924 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A AC 3.20
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