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Oswald Groenings

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOswald Jacob•Groenings (-Birkbeck)
Used nameOswald•Groenings
Born20 May 1880 in Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, England (GBR)
Died24 March 1965 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic Harriers, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Oswald Groenings was a versatile athlete who placed at the AAA Championships in the 120y hurdles, the high jump, and the long jump. He won the AAA 120y hurdles in 1907 and the Northern long jump in 1908. His best performance was probably his world record of 36.6 for the 300y hurdles in 1907. During World War I he was interned in the same German prisoner-of-war camp as Harry Edward, who had been studying in Germany and he was influential in persuading the West Indian to join Polytechnic Harriers when he came to England after the war. The son of Franz Groenings, a music teacher, he later adopted his mother’s maiden name of Birkbeck.

Personal Bests: 120yH – 16.2 (1908); 400H – 57.6ye (1907); HJ – 1.78 (5-10¼) (1902); LJ – 6.68 (21-11¼) (1906).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Oswald Groenings
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r2/3
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS