Sidney Abrahams

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameSidney Solomon•Abrahams
Used nameSidney•Abrahams
Born11 February 1885 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England (GBR)
Died14 May 1957 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Sidney Abrahams was educated at Bedford Modern School and then Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He won his Cambridge blue in the long jump (1904-06) and the 100y (1906) and competed in both events at the 1906 Olympics. After winning the Midland long jump title in 1910 and 1911, Abrahams competed in the long jump at his second Olympics in 1912, and the following year was the AAA Champion. A distinguished lawyer he had a long career in the Colonial Legal Service from 1922-39 and held posts as Attorney General of Zanzibar, Uganda and the Gold Coast before appointments as the Chief Justice of Uganda, Tanganyika and Ceylon. After his retirement he was appointed to the Privy Council in 1941. He was knighted in the 1936 New Year’s Honours list and served as the President of the London AC (1947-48). He was the older brother of Harold Abrahams, the 1924 Olympic 100m champion, and another brother, Sir Adolphe Abrahams served as a medical officer in charge of several British athletic teams.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.1 (1911); LJ – 7.02 (23-0½) (1911); TJ – 13.45 (44-1½) (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics GBR Sidney Abrahams
100 metres, Men (Intercalated) 4 h1 r2/3
400 metres, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) 5
Standing Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Sidney Abrahams
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 12
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS

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