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Robert Kennedy

Full name: Robert Kirk Inches Kennedy
Gender: Male
Born: January 20, 1916 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Great Britain
Died: May 28, 2004
Affiliations: University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

While at Cambridge, Robert Kennedy won the high jump in the match against Oxford on three successive occasions (1935-37). He shared the Scottish title with John Michie in 1936 and placed second at the AAA Championships in 1938, having earlier won the AAA indoor title, a title he could not defend in 1939 due to his medical studies. An exponent of the Eastern cut-off style, he topped the British list for the year 1937 when he set a personal best while in America with the combined Oxbridge team. On leaving Cambridge, Kennedy studied medicine at London University and, after graduating in 1941, later qualified as a surgeon and worked at the Royal Bucks Hospital before entering a practice in Hampstead for many years.

In 1942 Kennedy contributed to the The Young Athlete, a handbook published by the Scottish Athletic Federation which was sent to all schools, former pupils and youth clubs in the hope of stimulating interest in the sport. Kennedy was himself an all-round sportsman excelling at cricket and golf, and in 1933 he reached the second round of the British Boys Golf Championship at Carnoustie and shortly before World War II played rugby for London Hospital.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.91 (6-3¼) (1937).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 23T QR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 23T 1.80
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group One 11T 1.80
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1.60 metres NP pass
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1.70 metres NP o
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1.80 metres NP xo
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1.85 metres NP xxx
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