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William Cottrill

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam "Billy"•Cottrill
Used nameWilliam•Cottrill
Born14 October 1888 in Woodhouse, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (GBR)
Died26 October 1972 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (GBR)
Measurements167 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsHallamshire Harriers, Sheffield (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Following his fifth place in the AAA mile in 1908 and 1911, Joe Cottrill improved to finish third in 1912. After winning the 1500 m at the 1912 British Olympic Trials he was eliminated in the heats in Stockholm, but set a new UK record for 3K when he led Britain to the bronze medals in the team race. He was the Northern mile champion in 1913. His niece Ivy Cottrill married 1928 Olympian Norman Biddulph shortly after the Amsterdam Games.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 4:08.8 (1912); Mile – 4:22.2e (1912); 3000 – 8:46.8 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR William Cottrill
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h7 r1/2
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 Bronze
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC
Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 Bronze