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Edward Battel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward•Battel
Used nameEdward•Battel
AffiliationsBritish Embassy, Athens
NOC(s) Great Britain


Battel was employed at the British Embassy in Athens in 1896 and competed despite the wishes of some fellow British residents of the Greek capital who believed that as a servant of the British ambassador he “was not a gentleman and therefore could not be an amateur”. Battel finished third in the road race despite a number of crashes. Nothing else is known about him and even his exact name is in doubt.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1896 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) Road Race, Individual, Men Olympic 3 Bronze GBR Edward Battel
Cycling Track (Cycling) 333⅓ metres Time Trial, Men Olympic 4
  100 kilometres, Men Olympic AC

Research notes

“La Presse” of Paris (15/04/1896) gives his name as “Battle”. The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt notes that he was Irish

Created: Jeroen Heijmans at May 05, 2009 22:32, Last edited: Hilary Evans at September 28, 2020 09:08