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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 18, 1878 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 top marathoner. He had placed second behind fellow countryman [Jack Caffery] at the 1900 Boston Marathon and had also twice won the Hamilton Round-the-Bay Marathon. In 1906 he was chosen to represent Canada in the Athens Olympic Games. It was left up to him, however, a working man with meager resources (he was a brakeman at the Grand Trunk Railway), to finance his Olympic journey. Sherring managed to collect $90, which he then bet on a horse that luckily won with good odds. He arrived in Athens seven weeks before the Olympics and started to work as a porter at the Athens railway station. At the marathon race Sherring led almost throughout the race and Prince George of Greece ran the last 50 metres of the marathon alongside him. He received a live lamb and a statue of Athena as a reward. When he returned to Canada, Hamilton City Council awarded him $5,000 and Toronto City $400. After the 1906 Olympics Sherring quit athletics 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 27 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Canada Final Standings 1 2-51:23.6
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