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Theo Phelan

Full name: Theodore Denis "Theo" Phelan
Gender: Male
Born: September 12, 1908 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland
Died: April 7, 1970 in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Affiliations: UCD, Dublin (IRL)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Athletics


Theo Phelan studied at Mount Sion CBS and University College Dublin, from which he earned a medical degree. With [Bob Tisdall], he dominated Irish hurdling in the early 1930s, with Phelan winning four 120 yard hurdle titles at the Irish University Championships. He also played wing for the UCD rugby team. Phelan won the Irish triple jump title in 1928, and the 120 yard hurdle title in 1931, and 1933-34.

In 1933, Theo joined the British Royal Army Medical Corps and was based in many countries during his military career. He was awarded an OBE in 1943, and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1948. While stationed in Egypt in the 1930s he competed in athletics, winning several meets and setting a new Egyptian record for the 120 yard hurdles. After 20 years in the Army, he retired in 1953 and returned to Dublin to work in Hume Street Hospital, and later in Stewart's Hospital in Palmerstown, Dublin. Phelan was also an accomplished golfer at Hermitage Golf Club, Dublin and a top ranking bridge player.

Personal Best: TJ – 14.25 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Triple Jump Ireland IRL 19 QR

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Ireland Qualifying Round 19 13.73
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Ireland Qualifying Round Group A 9 13.73
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