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Charles Dowson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Samuel•Dowson
Used nameCharles•Dowson
Born16 November 1889 in Marylebone, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died5 February 1980 in Westminster, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsQueens Park Harriers, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Before World War I, Charles Dowson was one of the finest walkers in England, and won the South London Harriers 2-mile race at Kennington Oval in 1913. The following year he was placed second in the AAA 2-mile walk, and in the first post-war Championships in 1919, was second in the 7-mile walk. However, in 1920 Dowson won both events, and then competed in the two walks at the Olympics. A civil servant, Dowson worked for the post office and won many Civil Service Sports titles.

Personal Bests: 3000W – 13:28e (1920); 2 mile Walk – 14:32.0 (1920); 7 mile Walk – 53:31.2 (1919).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Charles Dowson
3,000 metres Walk, Men (Olympic) 6
10 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2