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Harold Holding

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarold Evelyn•Holding
Used nameHarold•Holding
Born12 April 1883 in Newmarket, Suffolk, England (GBR)
Died20 July 1925 in Coventry, West Midlands, England (GBR)
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Harold Holding ran for Oxford vs. Cambridge in the 880y (1903-04) and the mile (1902, 1905), his best placing being in 1903 when he finished second in the 880y. His victory on the Oxbridge vs. Harvard/Yale match in 1904 was easily his finest performance when his 1:56.2 placed him second in the world rankings for the year and he defeated the 1904 world leader, Kinahan Cornwallis (1:54.8). Holding never competed at the AAAs. He qualified as a solicitor in 1912 and after war service practiced in London. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Personal Bests: 880y – 1:56.2 (1904).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Harold Holding
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h7 r1/2