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    Happy birthday today (Thursday) to an Olympic champion who was born 114 years ago and died about a year after the Tokyo Olympics at the age of 57.

    Our birthday athlete competed in two events at one Olympic Games.

    This champion set a world record in winning that Olympic gold medal and five days later, this athlete won an Olympic silver medal.

    No hurdles were involved in any of these two Olympic medals.

    You probably know that this individual won the Olympic gold medal in a country that speaks the same language as the country in which this person was born (an died).

    When our birthday person won the Olympic gold medal, it came with the breaking of a certain track & field "barrier".

    Please try and name this Olympic champion on this final Thursday of October.

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    As athlete speaks the same language as the Games participated in suggests athlete came from a different country which suggests English is the language and 1932 LA is the Games.

    Therefore the athlete probably from UK or Canada as no athlete from NZ and Australia won gold and silver in 1932.

    As USA won both relays, then the silver medal probably from a relay.

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    • #3
      Tuariki, you are good. You are correct about the language (English), you are correct about the year (1932), you are correct about the athlete's country (UK or Canada), and you are correct about the silver medal (a relay).

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      • #4
        Hampson broke 1:50 !

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        • #5
          Tommy Hampson was born in England 114 years ago today. Very well done, dukehjsteve.

          Hampson won the 800 at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games in a world record time of 1:49.7. He was "lucky" that Ben Eastman decided to run the Olympic 400 instead of the 800. Eastman had run a 1:50.0 800 in June of 1932 when the world record was still 1:50.6 by Seraphin Martin of France from 1928.

          In 1934, Eastman tied Hampson's world record from Los Angeles in a meet at Princeton. Who knows what he would have done in the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 2, 1932?

          Five days after winning the 800, Tommy Hampson ran the second leg (47.6) on Great Britain's four by 400 relay team that got the Olympic silver medal in Los Angeles.

          By the way, Glenn Cunningham broke Hampson and Eastman's world record (1:49.8) with his 1:49.7 in Stockholm, Sweden in August of 1936 (after the Berlin Olympics).

          Thank you, dukehjsteve and Tuariki.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
            Tuariki, you are good. You are correct about the language (English), you are correct about the year (1932), you are correct about the athlete's country (UK or Canada), and you are correct about the silver medal (a relay).
            But unfortunately not good enough to guess Hampson. Now that the Duke got the name, I now recall he won the 800, although I was unaware of his relay silver.

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