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Phil Edwards

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 5
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePhilip Aron "Phil"•Edwards
Used namePhil•Edwards
Nick/petnamesMan of Bronze
Born23 September 1907 in Georgetown (GUY)
Died6 September 1971 in Montréal, Québec (CAN)
Measurements176 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsHamilton/McGill University
NOC Canada

Biography

Phil Edwards was born in British Guiana (now Guyana), but competed for Canada and studied in both Canada and the United States. He was sometimes known as “Mr. Bronze” because he is the only Olympian to have won five Olympic bronze medals in athletics, and no other medals. But he was an outstanding runner and physician. His one major international championship was the British Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games) 880 yard title in 1934. He studied at New York University and then became the first person of African descent (he was part black) to graduate from McGill Medical School. Edwards specialized in infectious diseases as a doctor, and became an authority on tropical diseases, parasitology, and diseases of the chest. He served as a consultant to the Canadian government on tropical diseases.

Personal Bests: 400 – 49.2 (1928); 800 – 1:50.6 (1932); 1500 – 3:50.4 (1936).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Phil Edwards
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 6 h2 r3/4
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada 3 Bronze
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Phil Edwards
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada 3 Bronze
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Phil Edwards
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada 4

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