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Herbert Irwin

Full name: Herbert Carmichael Irwin
Gender: Male
Born: June 26, 1894 in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 5, 1930 in Allone, Beauvais, Oise, France
Affiliations: Royal Air Force,
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Herbert Irwin was an Irish international on the track and over the country. He was the Irish mile champion in 1921 and 4 mile champion (1914, 1921) and won the RAF title at the mile (1920) and 3 miles (1919-20, 1922). His mark of 15:17.8 in the heats of the 5K at the 1920 Olympics was a career best by some 40 seconds but he could not repeat this form in the final. Fl. Lt. Irwin, AFC, was killed serving as captain of the Airship R101 when it crashed over France with the loss of 48 lives, including those of the Secretary of State for Air and Air Vice-Marshal Sir Sefton Brancker, whose name is perpetuated by a popular Trophy meeting.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:33.8 (1920); 3 miles – 15:15.6 (1919); 5000 – 15:17.8 (1920).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Great Britain GBR 12

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Final 12
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 2 QU 15:17.8
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