Walter Henderson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWalter Edward Bonhôte•Henderson
Used nameWalter•Henderson
Born21 June 1880 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (GBR)
Died2 September 1944 in Chelsea, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsL.A.C., London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Walter Henderson represented Oxford vs. Cambridge in the high jump (1900-03), shot put (1901-03), and hammer (1901-02) and in 1900 he won the high jump. He first placed in the AAAs in 1900, when he shared second place in the high jump, and 23 years later he placed second in the discus. This performance earned him selection for the match against France when, although past his 43rd birthday, he placed third as the leading Briton. Even this did mark the end of his extraordinarily lengthy career as he placed third in the hammer at the 1924 English AAA Championship. In 1912 he set a UK record for the discus and although he won the 1920 Olympic Trials he was not selected for a third Olympics. His death was prematurely announced in The Times on 14 October 1943.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.77 (5-9¾) (1900); SP – 10.62 (34-10¼) (1902); DT – 39.13 (128-4½) (1912); HT – 40.33 (132-4) (1913).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Walter Henderson
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) =8
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) AC
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Walter Henderson
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 32