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Ernie Payne

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnest "Ernie"•Payne
Used nameErnie•Payne
Nick/petnamesThe Worcester Wonder
Born23 December 1884 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England (GBR)
Died10 September 1961 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England (GBR)
AffiliationsWorcester St Johns CC, Worcester (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Ernie Payne of Worcester St John’s CC won the quarter-mile and 1 mile at the 1905 NCU championships, repeated the double in 1906 and 1907 he won the 1 mile title for the third successive year. In 1908 he placed no better than fourth in the NCU 1 mile but three weeks later he won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Olympic Games. Payne was also an outstanding football player, winning a Birmingham League medal with Worchester City and playing 11 games for Manchester United, usually when the great Billy Meredith was on international duty.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Ernie Payne
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 4 h3 r2/3
Sprint, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2