William Isaacs

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Henry Tuckwell•Isaacs
Used nameWilliam•Isaacs
Born4 March 1884 in Fulham, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died6 May 1955 in Chichester, West Sussex, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPutney A.C., Putney (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Williams Isaacs made his first impression on the cycling world by winning the one- and five-mile races at a Stamford Hill meeting as a teenager in 1903. He originally rode for the Spencer & Putney AC until a move to the crack Putney AC in 1905. The majority of Isaacs’ successes centered around the 1908 season when he won the bronze medal in the 2000 metres tandem, with Charlie Brooks, at the London Olympics. They were leading going in to the final bend before being overtaken by he gold-medal winning French pair and fellow Britons Hamlin and Johnson. Prior to the Olympics, Isaacs and Brooks won the NCU tandem title at Newcastle, and also set a new quarter-mile world record. Isaacs also won the 2-mile Surrey Cup and the NCU London Centre 10-mile title. He also finished second to Thomas Johnson in the five-mile Sportsman Cup at the annual Putney-Polytechnic-Paddington match.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR William Isaacs
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Charlie Brooks 3 Bronze


Name also seen as Walter H. T. Isaacs, but this is wrong.