After a bit of a break it’s time to add another four names to my British sports Hall of Fame. This time for 1909.
Wyndham Halswelle (Athletics) – The Olympic 400m champion in 1908. He won in a walkover. His American rivals withdrew from the final as a protest after the disqualification of a team-mate. Halswelle had broken the world records for 300 and 440 yards a few weeks earlier. This time remained the British record until 1934. He also won two medals at the 1906 Olympics.
Queenie Newall (Archery) – Won the Olympic archery title in 1908 aged 53 (the oldest woman who has ever won an Olympic gold). She is the only British woman ever to win the title.
Pedlar Palmer (Boxing) – Claimed the world bantamweight title in 1895. This wasn’t recognised in America so he went to New York in 1900 but lost the fight. Won 45 of his 64 contests.
G.O. Smith (Football) – An outstanding striker who was arguably the best centre-forward of his time. He played twenty times for England from 1893 to 1901 and scored a record five goals in one match (against Ireland in 1899). Won the FA Amateur Cup in 1897.