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Isaac Bentham

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameIsaac•Bentham
Used nameIsaac•Bentham
Born27 October 1886 in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Died15 May 1917 in Arras, Pas-de-Calais (FRA)
NOC Great Britain


One of the strongest swimmers in the country at the time, Isaac Bentham, a forward from Wigan, and Arthur Hill were the only members of Britain’s 1912 water polo team whose Olympic success was restricted to one gold medal. All the other team members won a second gold, either in 1908 or 1920. A former grocer, and then tram conductor, Bentham served as a sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery during World War I and was sent to France in 1915. His was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) GBR Isaac Bentham
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold
Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Isaac Bentham
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS

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