|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Alfred Edward•Flaxman|
|Born||1 October 1879 in Darfield, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England (GBR)|
|Died||1 July 1916 in Gommecourt, Pas-de-Calais (FRA)|
|Affiliations||South London Harriers, London (GBR)|
The son of a Yorkshire vicar, Alfred Flaxman’s mother died when he was just 1-year-old, after giving birth to his only sibling Samuel. In 1911 Alfred went to London and studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music but, at the same time, was starting to develop as an athlete and was to become a fine all-round competitor. Although of modest stature, he developed a fine physique through bodybuilding under the guidance of the great German trainer Eugen Sandow. He featured in the AAA hammer throw for 10 years (1905-14) and was the winner in 1910. He won the AAA pole vault in 1909, when he was the only competitor, and he placed in the first six in both the shot and discus at the Championships. He was also an above-average boxer and gymnast and, unusually for a specialist in the weight events, he was a talented violinist and artist.
His career is particularly well-documented in the writings of F. A. M. Webster who credits Flaxman with a Bohemian hammer record in excess of 150-0 (45.72) shortly before World War I, but no confirmation of this record can be traced. Webster, who served in the South Staffordshire Regiment with Flaxman, wrote that when they were stationed together at Etaples, “the men simply adored Flaxman.” Clearly, not all the officers were held in such high regard as it was in the Bull Ring at Etaples that the “Monocoled Mutineer,” Percy Toplis, began his notorious revolt. Captain Flaxman was killed in action in an attack on enemy positions at Gommercourt, France, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Personal Bests: PV – 2.93 (9-7½) (1909); DT – 39.05 (128-1½) (1915); HT – 42.67 (140-0) (1914).
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1908 Summer Olympics||Athletics||GBR||Alfred Flaxman|
|Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic)|
|Pole Vault, Men (Olympic)|
|Discus Throw, Men (Olympic)|
|Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic)|
|Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic)|