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John Thornton

Full name: John St. Leger Thornton
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: June 6, 1911 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain
Died: August 18, 1944 in Normandie, Unknown, France
Affiliations: Achilles Club, (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


John Thornton finished second to [Don Finlay] in the AAA 120y hurdles three times (1936-38), having been a finalist in 1931-32. He placed fifth in the 1936 Olympic final, but enjoyed his best season the following year when he won both his international match races, inflicting a rare defeat on Finlay in the match against Germany. He also set a career best in 1937 when he beat the American star Leroy Kirkpatrick in Bruxelles. In the 1938 European Championships 110 metres Hurdles he finished fourth. Thornton worked for Imperial Chemical Industries from 1934-39, when he was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders. He served at El-Alamein, and in the Sicilian campaign and was killed in the Normandy landings.

Personal Bests: 110H – 14.5 (1937); 220yH – 24.5 (1933).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 5

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) L
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Final 5 14.7 4
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 14.7
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU 15.0
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