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Reg Harris

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameReginald Hargreaves "Reg"•Harris
Used nameReg•Harris
Born1 March 1920 in Birtle Moor, Bury, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Died22 June 1992 in Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England (GBR)
AffiliationsManchester Wheelers, Manchester (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Britain’s greatest track sprinter prior to the arrival of Chris Hoy, Reg Harris won a total of five world sprint titles. His first came as an amateur in 1947. Recovering from a broken arm, he “only” won two silver medals (sprint and tandem) at the 1948 London Olympics prior to becoming a professional. In 1949, he became the first person to win a professional sprint title at his first attempt since the title was introduced, retaining his crown in 1950 and 1951. He again won the championship in 1954, while earning medals in 1953 and 1956. Harris also won the Grand Prix de Paris in 1956. Retiring in 1957, Harris returned to the sport in the 1970s, notably winning the 1974 British sprint title, at age 54.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Reg Harris
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Alan Bannister 2 Silver