Denis Black

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDenis Victor•Black
Used nameDenis•Black
Born20 October 1897 in Aylsham, Norfolk, England (GBR)
Died21 July 1973 in Benowa, Queensland (AUS)
AffiliationsL.A.C., London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Denis Black was brought onto the 1920 Olympic 4x100m relay team after Harry Edward sustained an injury in the 200m final. Black, who won a Military Cross in 1919 following an act of gallantry in Northern France the previous year while serving as a temporary captain in the Tank Corps in World War I, was the Army Champion at 100y (1921) in a record 10.1s, and 220y (1920-21). He could not defend his titles in 1922 as he was transferred to another Battalion just two days before the championship and had to withdraw. At the AAA Championships he placed fourth in the 100y in 1921, and was in the Surrey AC team that finished second to Polytechnic Harriers in the mile relay. Black served in the Indian Army from 1928 until his retirement in 1948 after 33 years service, and on his retirement was made an Honorary Brigadier.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.1 (1921); 220y – 23.0 (1921).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Denis Black
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 4