James Cohen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHorace James•Cohen
Used nameJames•Cohen
Born6 May 1906 in Southwark, England (GBR)
Died14 March 1958 in Westminster, England (GBR)
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


A top class international sprinter and long jumper, James Cohen would undoubtedly have had greater success as a sprinter he had not been disadvantaged in his starting due to acute deafness. In his only appearance in the University match, he placed fourth in the long jump in 1928, but in 1929 he won the long jump at the AAA Championships and in the match against France. At the 1930 British Empire Games, he won a silver medal in the 4x110y relay (with John Heap, John Hanlon, and Stanley Englehart) and placed sixth in the long jump. He was a finalist in the 100y at the 1931 AAA Championships.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.9 (1929); 200 – 22.0 (1931); LH – 7.08 (23-2¾) (1929).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR James Cohen
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 39 r1/2

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