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Harry Kerr

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHenry Edward "Harry"•Kerr
Used nameHarry•Kerr
Born28 January 1879 in Inglewood (NZL)
Died17 May 1951 in ?, Taranaki (NZL)
Measurements184 cm / 76 kg
NOC Australasia
Nationality New Zealand


Harry Kerr was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal. Kerr won the Australasian one-mile walk title in the summer of 1907-08 and that was sufficient to gain him a place in the combined New Zealand-Australia (Australasia) team for the Olympic Games in London. He finished second in his heat of the 3500 m walk at the Games and was third in the final. He also qualified for the final of the 10-mile walk, but did not start because of injured feet. Kerr won national titles over one and three miles in 1911, won the mile again in 1912 and was Australasian champion over both distances in 1909. Service in World War I interrupted Kerr’s career but he reappeared in the national championships in 1925, at the age of 46, again winning the one and three-mile titles.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics ANZ NZL Harry Kerr
3,500 metres Walk, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
10 miles Walk, Men (Olympic) DNS r2/2