Jack Butler

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn "Jack"•Butler
Used nameJack•Butler
Born19 December 1870 in Upper Norwood, Croydon, England (GBR)
Died3 October 1959 in Hastings, England (GBR)
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 Race Walk, Men (Olympic) 5 h3 r1/2
10 miles Race Walk, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2