British Hall of Fame 1905

My four choices for the Hall of Fame in 1905.

Launceston Elliot (Weightlifting) – Britain’s first ever Olympic champion. He won the one-handed lift and was 2nd in the two-handed lift in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He also competed in the 100m, rope-climbing and wrestling at those Games and the discus in 1900.

Walter George (Athletics) – set world records at several distances between 1000 yards and 10 miles. At the 1882 and 1884 AAA championships he won four events (over 880 yards, and  1, 4 and 10 miles). He turned professional and set a world record for 1 mile in 1886 that wasn’t beaten by an amateur for 29 years.

Jem Robinson (Horse Racing) –  between 1817 and 1848 he rode 24 winners of Classics – still the 3rd highest total. This includes 9 in the 2000 Guineas (a record) and 6 in the Derby.

Henry Vassall (Rugby Union) – He revolutionised the game at Oxford university by introducing a passing style of rugby. Oxford went unbeaten for 70 games. He scord 3 tries on his debut for England and was arguably the greatest player of the 19th century.


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