Bevil Rudd

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBevil Gordon d'Urban•Rudd
Used nameBevil•Rudd
Born6 October 1895 in Kimberley (RSA)
Died2 February 1948 in Kimberley (RSA)
Measurements180 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)
NOC South Africa


Bevil Rudd was the grandson of Charles Rudd, who co-founded the De Beers diamond mining company. Bevil attended St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown, where he excelled as a student and an athlete, earning a Rhodes Scholarship in 1913, later studying at Trinity College, Oxford.

As an athlete, Rudd’s most successful year was 1920, winning a full set of medals – gold in the 400 m, silver in the 4x400 m relay and bronze in the 800 m at the Antwerpen Olympics. The same year he also won both the 440 yds and 880 yds title at the British AAA Championships and was named as the British Athlete of the Year. After completing his studies in England, Rudd returned to South Africa, where he worked as a sports journalist. In 1930, he became an editor for the Daily Telegraph, a position he held until after World War II.

Personal Bests: 400 – 48.3y (1920); 800 – 1:53.6 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics RSA Bevil Rudd
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) South Africa 3 h3 r1/2
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) South Africa 2 Silver

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