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Billy Sherring

Full name: William John "Billy" Sherring
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5 (166 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: September 19, 1877 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 5, 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: St. Patrick's Amateur Athletic Club, Hamilton
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


In the early 1900s, Billy Sherring was acknowledged to be the world’s premier marathoner. He had placed second behind Canadian [Jack Caffery] at the 1900 Boston Marathon, and had also won the Hamilton Round-the-Bay Marathon on two occasions. Sherring was chosen to represent Canada at the 1906 Olympics. However, it was left up to him to finance his journey to Athina, which was difficult as he worked as a brakeman for Grand Trunk Railway, and had few financial resources. Sherring managed to collect $90, which he then bet on a horse, Cicely, which won at 6-1 odds, and he had his stake for his Olympic dream.

Sherring arrived in Athina seven weeks before the 1906 Olympics, and began work as a porter at the railway station. Sherring led throughout the Olympic marathon, and after entering the stadium, Prince George of Greece ran the last 50 metres alongside him. Sherring received a live lamb and a statue of Athena as a reward. On his return to Canada, the Hamilton City Council awarded him $5,000 and the City of Toronto gave him $400. After the 1906 Olympics, Sherring retired from sport and worked as a Customs Officer in Hamilton until his retirement in 1942.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-51:24 (1906).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Canada Final Standings 1 2-51:23.6
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