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Frederick Kitching

Full name: Frederick Overend Kitching
Gender: Male
Born: July 4, 1886 in Cockerton, County Durham, Great Britain
Died: August 11, 1918 in Dunkirk, Nord, France
Affiliations: L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Initially a specialist in the standing jumps, Frederick Kitching became the first British athlete to show any degree of consistency in the javelin. He was the first Briton to exceed 120 ft. (36.58), 130 ft. (39.62), and 140 ft. (42.68). A solicitor by then, Kitching was runner-up in the national standing high jump championship in 1911, and in 1912 won the Olympic trial, also finishing second in the javelin. Surprisingly, it was in the standing long jump that he was selected to represent Great Britain at the 1912 Olympics. Kitching was also a very good running high jumper but it was in the javelin, at Stamford Bridge in May 1914, that he set a new British native record of 143 ft 3 in (43.66).

A devout Quaker, Kitching sought exemption from service in World War I, and this was granted on the grounds that he joined the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU), which he did in 1916. He was sent to France a few months later where he drove an ambulance, and also engaged in farming duties. On 11 August 1918 he was killed following an enemy raid that hit the headquarters of the FAU in Dunkerque. Frederick Kitching was one of seven grandsons of Alfred Kitching, builder of the famous Derwent locomotive.

Personal Best: JT – 43.66 (143-3) (1914).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Standing Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
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