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Jack Butler

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn "Jack"•Butler
Used nameJack•Butler
Died3 October 1959
AffiliationsHerne Hill Harriers, Mitcham (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


After placing second in the AAA 4 mile walk for three successive years (1898-1900) Jack Butler was the winner of the 7-mile walk in 1901 and 1903. He was at his best over longer distances than those in the Olympic Program, and was the winner the London-Brighton-London walk in 1902 and the London-Brighton walk in 1903 and 1906. In one race in October 1897, he broke the British record for every distance from 14 to 21 miles (20 miles in 2-49:26) and in June 1905, again in one race, he added the records up to 50 miles (7-52:27) also set records for all the hour intervals from four to eight hours.

Personal Bests: 7 mile walk – 52:58.0 (1902); 10 mile walk – 1-17:30.0 (1905).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Jack Butler
3,500 metres Walk, Men (Olympic) 5 h3 r1/2
10 miles Walk, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2