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Charles Gmelin

Full name: Charles Henry Stuart Gmelin
Gender: Male
Born: May 28, 1872 in Krishnagar, West Bengal, India
Died: October 12, 1950 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: University of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Running in the heats of the 100 in 1896, Charles Gmelin became the first British competitor in Olympic athletics. He was eliminated in these heats but did rather better in the 400, where he placed third in the final. Gmelin went to Keble College, Oxford and whilst he represented the University at both athletics and cricket, he was never a Blue. He obtained his BA in 1895 and in 1903 was ordained a priest. After leaving University he became an Assistant Master at Summerfields School, Oxford in 1896 before becoming a Parish curate in Oxfordshire before a move to the north-west of England in 1911 when he took up the post of headmaster at Holmwood School at Freshfield near Southport. He later returned to Oxfordshire where he was appointed the Rural Dean of Woodstock. He played cricket for Eastbourne, Oxfordshure in the Minor Counties Chamoionship between 1896-1906, and during his time at Freshfield, he played for Formby CC in the Liverpool Competition between 1914-20. He also played football for Oxfordshire.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 400 – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r1/2
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Men's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 3 at 1 m.

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final 3 at 15-20 m.
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU at 15 yds.
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