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Jim Halliday

Full name: James "Jim" Halliday
Nickname(s): Jumping Jim
Gender: Male
Weight: 64, 67 kg
Born: January 19, 1918 in Farnworth, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: June 6, 2007
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Jim Halliday became a leading weightlifter after twice overcoming adversity. As a child, he was told he would never be able to take part in any physical exercise because it was believed his father had passed on a congenital heart condition to his son. That was only until another doctor said that exercise was the best thing for Jim’s health, and he then enjoyed playing football before discovering boxing, gymnastics, wrestling, and then weightlifting. At the age of 15 he was a natural lifter and three years later was the Lancashire lightweight champion.

Halliday joined the Army at the outbreak of World War II, and was involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk before being posted to the Far East, where he became a Japanese prisoner-of-war and was forced to work on the Japanese Death Railway. When he was released in 1946 Halliday weighed just 6st (38kg) and that is when he overcame adversity for a second time.

He soon put his weight back on and returned to weightlifting. Just two years after leaving the POW camp, Halliday was captain of the British weightlifting team at the 1948 London Olympics where he won a lightweight bronze medal. He further delighted the crowd with his routine of jumping over the bar after completing his lift, which earned him the nickname “Jumping Jim”. Also in 1948, Jim won a gold medal at the European Championships in London. He also won the lightweight gold medal at the 1954 British Empire Games and middleweight title four years later. In later life, Halliday became the chief safety officer with the Electricity Board.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 3 340.0
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 2T 110.0
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 105.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 110.0 x
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 110.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 3T 140.0
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 130.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 135.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 140.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 12T 90.0
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 95.0 x
1948 Summer 30 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 95.0 x
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings AC [205.0]
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 2 112.5
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 15T 92.5
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 87.5 o
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 92.5 o
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 95.0 x
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 102.5 o
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 110.0 o
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 112.5 o
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk AC
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 130.0 x
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 135.0 x
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 135.0 x
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