Thomas Lance

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameThomas Glasson•Lance
Used nameThomas•Lance
Born14 June 1891 in Paddington, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died29 February 1976 in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic C.C., Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Tommy Lance joined with his club-mate from Polytechnic CC, Harry Ryan, as a tandem pairing for the 1920 season. With Ryan steering and Lance riding behind, they set a new British quarter-mild record in June and faced the Olympic Games in Antwerp, some seven weeks later, with confidence. At the Olympics they beat a Dutch pairing in the semi-finals over a distance of 1,200 metres and in the final, over 2,000 metres, they covered the last 200 metres in 11.6 seconds for a comfortable victory over the South Africans. Lance also competed in the match sprint in Antwerp but failed to reach the semi-finals and although he was an Olympic champion he never won an NCU title. After his active sporting days were over Tommy Lance became a bookmaker in Brighton.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Thomas Lance
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 4 h4 r3/6
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Harry Ryan 1 Gold