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Harold Wilson

Full name: Harold Allan Wilson
Gender: Male
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: January 22, 1885 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, Great Britain
Died: 1932 in [unknown], Unknown, South Africa
Affiliations: Hallamshire Harriers, Sheffield (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Harold Wilson joined Hallamshire Harriers at an early age, and in 1906 competed in his first mile race, at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield. At Rotherham just one week later, he enjoyed his first victory over the distance. Hallamshire were the dominant team on the Northern cross-country circuit at that time, and won the Northern title six ears in succession 1907-12. Wilson was a member of the winning team in the first two of those years.

He was one of the favourites for the 1908 Olympic 1500 metres title after setting a “world record” of 3:59.8 at the British Olympic trials. Wilson the won the AAA mile title in 4:20.2, which topped the world rankings for the year. However, Wilson could not quite repeat his earlier form in the Olympic 1500 metres final, and took the silver medal, two metres behind the American [Mel Sheppard]. In the 3-miles team event he finished fifth individually, and for a man who was running well beyond his usual distance, it was an excellent performance to beat all but [John Eisele] (USA) of the foreign entrants.

Wilson went to live and work in the United States in 1909, but the following year turned professional and moved to South Africa to race with his good friend [Reggie Walker]. Wilson enjoyed limited success there, and in Canada. He returned to England briefly, before making South Africa his permanent home, where he died in 1932.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:59.8 (1908); Mile – 4:20.2 (1908); 2 miles – 9:40.8 (1910); 3 miles – 14:57.0 (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 3 mile, Team Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Great Britain Final 2 4:03.6est
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 4:11.4

Men's 3 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1 6 points 5
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 6 points 5
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 1 QU 6 points =1
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