William Hunter

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Langwill•Hunter
Used nameWilliam•Hunter
Born15 July 1892 in East Griqualand (RSA)
Died6 November 1974 in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (GBR)
AffiliationsEdinburgh University Sports Union, Edinburgh (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


During a career that spanned World War I, William Hunter achieved a “treble” of the 120y hurdles, high jump, and long jump at the Scottish Championships in 1914 and 1920. He also won the high jump and long jump in 1919 but a surprise defeat in the hurdles by the 17-year-old schoolboy, Leslie Dunn, denied him a third triple. In 1913 he won the hurdles for Scotland vs. Ireland, and in the Triangular International he won the hurdles in 1914 and the long jump in 1920. At the 1920 he was leading Briton in the long jump, finishing 13th. A medical student at Edinburgh University, he graduated in 1920 and became a House Registrar at Altrincham Hospital in Cheshire. His son, John, was the Scottish high jump champion in 1947.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.2w (1914); 220y – 22.1w (1914); 120yH – 15.4w (1914), 16.0 (1914); HJ – 1.76 (5-9½) (1920); LJ – 7.07 (23-2½) (1914).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR William Hunter
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR William Hunter
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r2/3
High Jump, Men (Olympic) AC r1/2
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 13 r1/2