Tiny Thomas

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGordon W. "Tiny"•Thomas
Used nameTiny•Thomas
Born18 August 1921 in Shipley, England (GBR)
Died10 April 2013 in Peterborough, England (GBR)
AffiliationsYorkshire RC, Yorkshire (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Gordon “Tiny” Thomas served in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Artillery during World War Two and, whilst stationed in Italy, became friendly with Italian champion Olimpio Bizzi. Inspired by his experiences he returned to cycle racing after arriving back England and gained a reputation as someone who could put in a sprint finish at the end of a long race. It was this attribute that helped him gain a place at the 1948 Summer Olympics. At the Games Thomas was part of an eight man breakaway that gained over three minutes on the peloton, but his hopes were thwarted on a final short climb near the finish and he placed eighth. This was good enough, however, to earn a silver medal in the team event. Thomas later had a short professional career with the BSA team that culminated in an overall victory at the 1953 Tour of Britain. He retired after the 1953 season and entered the wool trade. His nickname “Tiny” stuck with him since he began competing as a 12 year old against older children.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) GBR Tiny Thomas
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8
Road Race, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver