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Rob Derbyshire

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 1 0
Silver 0 0
Bronze 0 1
Total 1 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games, Non-starter
Full nameJohn Henry "Rob"•Derbyshire
Used nameRob•Derbyshire
Nick/petnamesThe Little Robin
Born29 November 1878 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Died25 November 1938 in St. Pancras, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsOsborne SC, Manchester (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain


Between 1898 and 1904 Rob Derbyshire won a total of ten individual ASA titles, including six victories in the 100 yards freestyle; he became the fist Britain to break one minute for that distance in 1907. In addition to his two Olympic medals events he also competed in the 100 metre freestyle in 1906, 1908, and 1912, and the 400 metre freestyle in 1906. The only time he reached the final was in the 100 metres of 1906 when he finished fifth. Derbyshire began his career with Manchester Osborne SC and was the only star swimmer who remained with them following a major disagreement within the club in 1901. Eventually he too left Manchester Osborne, joining the Old Trafford SC in 1908, and later competed for the London-based Amateur SC. After working as a baths manager in the Manchester area, Derbyshire took up a similar post at the Lime Grove Baths in London.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing Great Britain    
  1,000 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  200 metres Backstroke, Men Olympic DNS
  200 metres Obstacle Course, Men Olympic DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated 5 Representing Great Britain    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated AC
  4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Intercalated Great Britain 3 Bronze
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 h4 r1/3 Representing Great Britain    
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 h3 r1/4 Representing Great Britain    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1908 Summer Olympics 24 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 10:53.4 WR 1

Special Notes


Date and place of death previously given as 30 July 1938 in Baslow, Derbyshire, but those belong to one John Henry Derbyshire who was born c. 1862.