Norman Hallows

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNorman Frederick•Hallows
Used nameNorman•Hallows
Born29 December 1886 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England (GBR)
Died16 October 1968 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England (GBR)
Measurements175 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Norman Hallows took the bronze medal behind the American Mel Sheppard and Harold Wilson in the 1,500 metres at the 1908 Games and he was also a talented performer over longer distances. Earlier in the year, he had won the 3-mile event for the third successive time in the Oxford vs. Cambridge match and in the 3-mile team event at the Olympics he finished in seventh place and was a non-scoring member of the winning team. In his fourth appearance in the University match, in 1909, Hallows ran in the mile and finished second to Philip Baker of Cambridge. After leaving Felsted School, he first attended Keble College, Oxford and then became a science scholar at Leeds University. He completed his education by studying medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital. He was with the Red Cross in the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, then served in World War I as a Captain in the RAMC in France. In 1919 he was appointed as the resident Medical Officer to Marlborough College. Under the pseudonym “Duplex” he wrote, together with Ian Bradley, a number of books on light engineering.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 4:03.4 (1908); Mile – 4:30.0e (1909); 3 miles – 14:53.4 (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Norman Hallows
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
3 miles, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold