Olympic Lives

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has published its latest update, which includes two contributions by me. I’ve written on sprinter William Applegarth, double medallist at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic¬†Games, and Jack London, double medallist at Amsterdam in 1928 and the first black athlete to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games. Both men were members of the Polytechnic Harriers, and I did most of my research for these essays in the Polytechnic’s archive at the University of Westminster. These new essays join my previous three entries in the DNB, on Christopher Brasher, Andy Norman, and Don Thompson.

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