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Roly Harper

Full name: Roland St. George Tristram "Roly" Harper
Gender: Male
Born: April 23, 1907 in Merstham, Surrey, Great Britain
Died: April 24, 1989 in Sevenoaks, Kent, Great Britain
Affiliations: Achilles Club, (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Roly Harper was educated at Charterhouse and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he won a Blue against Cambridge in both the high and low hurdles and in 1929 finished second in both events. He made his England début in the 1930 triangular match against Scotland and Ireland and finished second in the 120 y hurdles to [Lord Burghley]. Had David Burghley not been running in the same era, Harper would have won many more titles. He did have the rare distinction of beating Burghley twice in one afternoon, during the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Stamford Bridge in May 1932. Harper was a finalist in the 120y hurdles at the AAAs for four successive years (1930-33) and finished as runner-up in 1933, to the next of the great British low hurdlers, [Don Finlay]. He was also a finalist at the 1930 British Empire Games and a semi-finalist at the 1932 Olympics. At the 1934 British Empire Games he was eliminated in the preliminary rounds. The director of physical education at Manchester University, he was a major force in the introduction and success of the AAA coaching scheme. In 1935 he accepted an invitation from the AAAs to become a hurdling instructor at their Loughborough summer school. A former treasurer of the Achilles Club, he was the president of the Northern Counties Athletic Association and was the first honorary secretary, and later chairman, of the AAA coaching committee. During World War II he obtained an emergency commission into the Royal Artillery.

Personal Best: 110H – 14.9 (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 5 h2 r2/3

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 14,9
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 2 QU 14.9
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