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Eric Forsyth

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameCharles Eric•Forsyth
Used nameEric•Forsyth
Born10 January 1885 in Chatham, Medway, England (GBR)
Died24 February 1951 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Measurements179 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsHyde Seal SC, Denton, Greater Manchester (GBR) / Salford SC, Salford (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain


In addition to winning an Olympic gold medal for water polo, Eric Forsyth of Salford SC was also a champion swimmer. In 1904, he beat the rising star, Henry Taylor, for the ASA 220 yards freestyle title and also beat David Billington in the final of both the 500 and 880 yards championships. Forsyth also enjoyed two second places in the ASA 220 in 1903 and 1905. He captured the 500 Metres World Championship at Joinville-le-Pont, Paris in 1904 and in 1906 was selected for all four freestyle events at the Intercalated Olympics, but was a non-starter in all of them.

Forsyth started his water polo career with the Manchester League second division team Leaf Street before joining Hyde Seal, and then Salford. He played for Lancashire, and in 1903 made his England début and subsequently went on to play for, and captain his country on many occasions. He continued playing for Lancashire up to the outbreak of World War I, when he served with the 1st City Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. At the 1908 Olympics, he scored three goals in Great Britain’s 9-2 win over Belgium in the final. Forsyth played rugby in the winter months, and by occupation was a clerk for the Salford City Council.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated DNS Representing Great Britain    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated DNS
  One Mile Freestyle, Men Intercalated DNS
  4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Intercalated Great Britain DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold Representing Great Britain