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Jack Rimmer

Full name: John Thomas "Jack" Rimmer
Gender: Male
Born: April 27, 1878 in Birkdale, Merseyside, Great Britain
Died: June 6, 1962 in Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: Southport Harriers, Southport (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)


As the runners in the steeplechase at the 1900 Olympics had to contend with stone fences, a water jump, hurdles and other obstacles, Great Britain was well served by the cross-country experience of her representatives. There were two steeplechase events in Paris, the 2,500 metres event being held first, with the race over 4,000 metres scheduled for the following day. Unlike most of the leading contenders, John Rimmer did not start in the shorter event and went to the post for the 4,000 metres race fresher than the majority of the field. The British trio of Rimmer, Charles Bennett, and Sidney Robinson came home virtually together, but it was Rimmer who caught the judges’ eye and was awarded first place with just two seconds separating the three runners. Rimmer, a Liverpool policeman for 30 years who began his athletic career with Sefton Harriers, of whom he later became President, before joining Southport Harriers, later won a second gold medal in the 5,000 metres team race in which he himself finished second. He was second in the AAA 10 miles for three successive years from 1899 behind three great distance runners, [Charles Bennett], [Sidney Robinson] and Alf Shrubb respectively. His only win at these championships came at Stamford Bridge in 1901 1900 when he won the 4 miles. Jack Rimmer won races at distances from 100 yards to 25 miles and was still running for Sefton beyond the age of 50.

Personal Bests: 880y – 1:58.2 (1902); 1500 - 4:11.2 (1899); Mile – 4:28.2e (1900); 2 miles – 9:22.6 (1902); 3 miles – 14:58.2 (1900); 4 miles – 20:11.0 (1900); 6 miles – 31:26.2e (1900); 10 miles – 53:17.0 (1900).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Great Britain GBR AC
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Men's 5,000 metres, Team Amateur Athletic Association GBR 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC

Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 1 12:58.4

Men's 5,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP MB
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Amateur Athletic Association GBR Final Standings 1 26 points 2 25 yds bh
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