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Paris 1924

Birchfield Harriers at the Olympics

1924 – VIII Olympic Games, Paris, France

Athlete: Harry Houghton
Event: 800 metres

6th July 1924 – Round One Heat 2: 2nd – 1:58.4 (QUALIFIED)
7th July 1924 – Semifinals Heat 2: 2nd – 1:57.3 (QUALIFIED)
8th July 1924 – FINAL: 9th – 1:58.0


Athlete: Cyril Ellis
Event: 1500 metres

9th July 1924 – Round One Heat 6: 3rd – 4:08.1


Athlete: Joseph Edward Webster
Event: 10,000 metres

6th July 1924 – FINAL: DNF
Edward was in 17th position when timed out after 36:00.


Athlete: Sidney Newey
Event: 3000 metres Steeplechase

7th July 1924 – Round One Heat 3: 3rd (Time not recorded but between 10:11.0 and 10:19.0)
9th July 1924 – FINAL: 9th (Time not recorded but slower than 10:14.8)


Athlete: Charles Blewitt
Event: 3000 metres Steeplechase

Blewitt did not compete due to injury.


Athlete: Bertram Macdonald
Event: 3000 metres Team

11th July 1924 – Round One Heat 1: 2nd – 15 points
13th July 1924 – FINAL: 2nd – 14 points (Macdonald 3rd, Johnston 4th, Webber 7th, Porter 10th, Clark 14th, Seagrove 16th)
Six ran in each team with three to count.
Bertram was only beaten by the legendary athletes Nurmi and Ritola of Finland.

  SILVER MEDAL


Athlete: Joseph Edward Webster
Event: Cross Country – Individual

12th July 1924 – FINAL: DNF
Run on one of the hottest days in Parisian history, with temperatures described as over 40°C. (103°F.), the event turned into a survival test. Only 15 of the 38 starters could finish the race, as many of the runners were overcome by heatstroke.


Athlete: Joseph Edward Webster
Event: Cross Country – Team

12th July 1924 – FINAL: DNF (Harper 4th, Sewell DNF, Benham DNF, Williams DNF, Webster DNF)
Only three teams completed the course. The conditions of this race were so atrocious that the winning teams third place man took over two minutes to complete the last 30 metres.


Athlete: James Dalrymple
Event: Javelin

6th July 1924 – Qualification Group 1: 24th – 46.92m


Athlete: Donald Slack
Event: Pentathlon

7th July 1924 – Discus: 28th – 34.18m
7th July 1924 – 200 metres: 8th – 23.8s
7th July 1924 – Long Jump: 12th – 6.430
Only twelve athletes could advance to the fourth event, and then only six to the fifth event.
FINAL STANDINGS: 13th


Athlete: Donald Slack
Event: Decathlon

11th July 1924 – 1500 metres: 16th – 5:11.8
11th July 1924 – Javelin: 21st – 36.110
11th July 1924 – Pole Vault: 23rd – 2.60
11th July 1924 – Discus: 23rd – 24.320
11th July 1924 – 110 metres Hurdles: 13th – 17.6
12th July 1924 – 400 metres: 22nd – 55.2
12th July 1924 – High Jump: 16th – 1.65
12th July 1924 – Shot: 33rd – 8.765
12th July 1924 – Long Jump: 30th – 5.980
12th July 1924 – 100 metres: 8th – 11.6
FINAL STANDINGS: 25th (5,148.1050 points)