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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 3 h7 r1/2 GBR William Cottrill
  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