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James Murphy

Full name: James Murphy
Gender: Male
Born: February 23, 1880 in Lissyconor, Galway, Ireland
Died: July 18, 1962 in Reading, Reading, Great Britain
Affiliations: Hallamshire Harriers, Sheffield (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


At his best as a cross-country runner, James Murphy won the Northern Counties title in 1909-10 and was the English champion in 1909. He represented Ireland in the International Cross-Country five times (1907-10, 1912), being the first Irishman home when eighth in 1907-08. On the track, 1908 was his best year – he was the Irish AAA 4 miles champion (a title he would regain in 1912), won for Ireland vs Scotland, and was a finalist in the 5 miles at the Olympics. Murphy worked at the Kinsley Park Colliery for 30 years and was president of the Yorkshire Deputies Association 1932-36. He later became a Yorkshire pub landlord, and died four months after attending the 1962 International Cross-Country Championships at Sheffield, at the age of 82.

Personal Bests: 3 miles – 15:12.4 (1908); 4 miles – 20:31.4 (1908); 5 miles – 25:19.2 (1908).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 5 mile Great Britain GBR AC

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final AC DNF
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 25:59.2
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