Sid Atkinson

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Sid Atkinson
Sidney Atkinson, George Weightman-Smith 1928.jpg
Atkinson (left) with teammate George Weightman-Smith at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born14 March 1901
Durban, Colony of Natal
Died31 August 1977 (aged 76)
Durban, South Africa
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Event(s)110 m, 400 m hurdles, long jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)110 mH – 14.7y (1928)
400 mH - 56.5 (1922)
LJ – 7.34 m (1925)[1][2]

Sidney James Montford "Sid" Atkinson (14 March 1901 – 31 August 1977) was a South African athlete, winner of 110 m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

Atkinson came onto the international athletics scene in 1922, when he ran the 110 m hurdles in 15.2 and the 400 m hurdles in 56.5. He was also a notable long jumper.[1]

At the 1924 Summer Olympics, the favourite for the 110 m hurdles was American George Guthrie, but as the race started, Atkinson and another American Daniel Kinsey got off to a quick start and ran nearly together until the eighth flight when Atkinson edged ahead. Atkinson clipped his toe on the last barrier, giving Kinsey enough of lead to break the tape and win the gold. Guthrie crashed through the barriers behind the two medalists and was disqualified.[1]

Atkinson reappeared at the next Olympics, finally getting his gold after the disappointment of 1924, beating the world record holder Steve Anderson from the United States into second place.[1]


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