David Robertson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDavid Cairns•Robertson
Used nameDavid•Robertson
Born1883 in Harthill, Sheffield, England (GBR)
Died11 August 1963 in Norwich, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


David Robertson was one of three brothers who all competed at the Olympics. Jack was, like David, a cyclist and competed at the 1900 Paris Games. Arthur, who competed with David in 1908, was a track athlete and won a gold and silver medal.

David started racing in 1903, and was soon talked of as being a future champion and, indeed, he was the local one-, 10-, 20- and 25-mile champion in 1904. He broke his collarbone attempting to retain the mile title in 1905, but turned out later that same day to defend, and successfully retain, his 10-mile title. Racing mostly in his local area, close to his Peterborough home, Robertson travelled to Birmingham for the NCU 50-mile Championship in 1907 and came second, by six inches, to Leon Meredith. The following month, Robertson made a rare trip to London to take part in the paced 25-mile race at the NCU Championships at Crystal Palace, and turned the tables on Meredith, winning by a few inches. At the London Olympics in 1908, both Robertson and Meredith competed in the 100km race, with Robertson finishing seventh and Meredith not finishing.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR David Robertson
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 2 h5 r1/2
100 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 7

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