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Brian MacCabe

Full name: Brian Farmer MacCabe
Gender: Male
Born: January 9, 1914 in Willesden, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: October 31, 1992 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


A finalist in the AAA 880y for four successive years (1936-39), Brian McCabe placed third in 1938. He was also a finalist at the 1936 Olympic Games (9th) and the 1938 British Empire Games (6th) where he won a silver medal in the 4x440y relay (with [Frank Handley], [Bill Roberts], and the non-Olympian Henry Pack). MacCabe also competed in the 1938 British Empire Games 440 yards but he was eliminated in the heats. In the British Empire Games he represented England. In 1938 he finished second to AG Baldwin in the 880y at the AAU of Eire Championships, and then represented Ireland in the Triangular International later in the season. At the age of 19 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal after saving a drowning friend in heavy seas and during the war he won an MC and bar in North Africa while serving with the Royal Tank Corps. After the war he rose rapidly in the advertising profession and became Chairman of Foote, Cone & Belding, one of the world’s largest agencies.

Personal Bests: 880y – 1:53.1e (1938); 1500 – 4:04.2 (1934); Mile – 4:17.8 (1939).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Athletics Men's 800 metres Great Britain GBR 9

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Final 9
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 1:55.4
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:54.5
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