Charles Gmelin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Henry Stuart•Gmelin
Used nameCharles•Gmelin
Born28 May 1872 in Krishnagar, West Bengal (IND)
Died12 October 1950 in Oxford, England (GBR)
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Running in the heats of the 100 in 1896, Charles Gmelin became the first British competitor in Olympic athletics. He was eliminated in these heats but did rather better in the 400, where he placed third in the final. Gmelin went to Keble College, Oxford and whilst he represented the University at both athletics and cricket, he was never a Blue. He obtained his BA in 1895 and in 1903 was ordained a priest. After leaving University he became an Assistant Master at Summerfields School, Oxford in 1896 before becoming a Parish curate in Oxfordshire before a move to the north-west of England in 1911 when he took up the post of headmaster at Holmwood School at Freshfield near Southport. He later returned to Oxfordshire where he was appointed the Rural Dean of Woodstock. He played cricket for Eastbourne, Oxfordshure in the Minor Counties Chamoionship between 1896-1906, and during his time at Freshfield, he played for Formby CC in the Liverpool Competition between 1914-20. He also played football for Oxfordshire.

Gmelin was born in India where his German born parents were Christian missionaries.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 400 – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Charles Gmelin
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h1 r1/2
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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