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Willie Foster

Full name: William "Willie" Foster
Gender: Male
Born: July 10, 1890 in Haslingden, Bacup, Lancashire, Great Britain
Died: December 17, 1963 in Fylde, Blackpool, Great Britain
Affiliations: Bacup Amateur Swimming Club, Rossendale (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Exactly two weeks after his 18th birthday, William Foster was on a winning relay team at the 1908 Games and remains, through 2016, the youngest ever male British Olympic gold medalist. Willie started swimming at the Maden Baths in Bacup where David Billington, winner of 10 national titles between 1901-05, also used to train. Willie later joined Hyde Seal and, although he never won an ASA title, was in the top flight of British swimmers for a number of years. Foster’s sisters Ivy, Mary and Annie were all either schoolgirl, or Borough, champion swimmers at the turn of the century.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r2/3
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 h2 r2/3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Final 4
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 5:52.2
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 Q 5:54.8
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 5:49.0
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Six 2 Q 5:52.4

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 24:33.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 23:32.2
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 Q 23:52.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 1
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3
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