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Hec Phillips

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHector "Hec"•Phillips
Used nameHec•Phillips
Born26 May 1889 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland (GBR)
Died7 October 1948 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
Measurements175 cm
AffiliationsToronto West End YMCA, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada


Hec Phillips, a decent middle distance runner, was best known as a coach. He led the track & field team of the University of Toronto for 15 years (1933-1948), 1936 Olympian Larry O’Connor among his pupils. He was a promising runner in his native Scotland, but emigrated to Canada in 1912. Although he never won a Canadian title, he did held the national 800 m record between 1920 and 1928. After his death, the Hec Phillips Trophy was instated in 1950, for the outstanding performer in the annual Ontario University Athletics track meet.

Personal Bests: 400 – unknown; 800 – 1:57.2 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Hec Phillips
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h2 r2/4
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h2 r1/3
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Hec Phillips
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h5 r1/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada DNS

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1924 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CAN Hec Phillips