Full name: David Cairns Robertson
Born: 1883 in Harthill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: August 11, 1963 in Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain
Country: Great Britain
Related Olympians: Brother of Arthur Robertson.
David Robertson was one of three brothers who all competed at the Olympics. [Jack] was, like David, a cyclist and competed at the 1900 Paris Games. [Arthur], who competed with David in 1908, was a track athlete and won a gold and silver medal.
David started racing in 1903, and was soon talked of as being a future champion and, indeed, he was the local one-, 10-, 20- and 25-mile champion in 1904. He broke his collarbone attempting to retain the mile title in 1905, but turned out later that same day to defend, and successfully retain, his 10-mile title. Racing mostly in his local area, close to his Peterborough home, Robertson travelled to Birmingham for the NCU 50-mile Championship in 1907 and came second, by six inches, to [Leon Meredith]. The following month, Robertson made a rare trip to London to take part in the paced 25-mile race at the NCU Championships at Crystal Palace, and turned the tables on Meredith, winning by a few inches. At the London Olympics in 1908, both Robertson and Meredith competed in the 100km race, with Robertson finishing seventh and Meredith not finishing.
|1908 Summer||London||Cycling||Men's 20 kilometres||Great Britain||GBR||2 h5 r1/2|
|1908 Summer||London||Cycling||Men's 100 kilometres||Great Britain||GBR||7|
|1908 Summer||London||Cycling||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Five||2||34:53.8|
|1908 Summer||London||Cycling||Great Britain||Final Round||Match 1/2||7|
|1908 Summer||London||Cycling||Great Britain||Round One||Heat One||6||QU|