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Ernest Henley

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnest John•Henley
Used nameErnest•Henley
Born31 March 1889 in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, England (GBR)
Died14 March 1962 in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, England (GBR)
AffiliationsBrighton & County Harriers, Brighton (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


The 1910, and 1911 Sussex half-mile champion, Ernest Henley finished third in the 440y behind Cyril Seedhouse and George Patching at the 1912 AAA Championships, and placed fourth in the 880y three times (1914, 1920-21). In 1920 he won the 880y at the first Southern Counties Championships and at the Olympic Trials, but he did not make his second Olympic team. He took part in the first tri-nation tournament involving England, Ireland and Scotland, at Hampden Park Glasgow in 1914. Henley won the 880y and helped England to win the team prize. His last major success was in winning the Sussex half-mile championship in 1921, 11 years after he first won the title. After his retirement he regularly officiated at local athletic meetings and as well as serving as president of his club, Brighton & County Harriers, he also served as a vice-president of both the Brighton Athletic Club and the Sussex County Amateur Athletics Association. For 44 years Henley worked for the famous Brighton department store Hanningtons.

Personal Bests: 400 – 50.5 (1910); 800 – 1:57.6 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Ernest Henley
400 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h3 r2/3
800 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 14 July 1912 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 3:19.0 1