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George Hawkins

Full name: George Albert Hawkins
Gender: Male
Born: October 15, 1883 in Tottenham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: September 22, 1917 in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


After a surprise win in the 200 at the 1908 Olympic Trials, George Hawkins failed to reach the final at the AAA Championships but he unexpectedly placed fourth in the 200 at the Olympics, the first Briton to reach an Olympic sprint final. He was coached by Sam Mussabini, who later trained Harold Abrahams, and in 1908 Hawkins was a member of the Polytechnic team which set a British record for the 4×440 y relay. During World War I he served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action when a shell exploded in the doorway of a dugout while he was on outpost duty during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.2 (1908); 200 – 22.4 (1908); 440y – 53.2 (1907).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Great Britain Final 4 22.9est 1
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 22.6
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Fifteen 1 QU 22.8
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