Edgar Mountain

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEdgar Donald•Mountain
Used nameEdgar•Mountain
Born2 April 1901 in Camberwell, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died30 April 1985 in Grahamstown (RSA)
Measurements167 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsSurrey AC, Kingston-upon-Thames (GBR) / University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Edgar Mountain was a brilliant junior who finished fourth in the 1920 Olympic 800 final with a new UK junior record of 1:54.6. On his return from Antwerp he matched his Olympic performance by winning the Surrey AC 880 y Club Championship in 1:55.4. A Cambridge blue, he won the 880y against Oxford in 1921-22, having finished second in 1920-21. He was at his best in Stockholm in September 1921 when he set a new world best for 500 m to beat Mel Sheppard’s previous record by two seconds and then set a career best for 800m the following day. Mountain had a wide-ranging talent and shared in UK relay records at 4×440y (Surrey AC – 1920) and the 4×Mile (CUAC – 1922). In his second Olympics he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 800 in 1924 and this effectively ended his athletic career. He settled in South Africa and became Emeritus Professor of Geology at Rhodes University. A specialist in South African geological formations, he discovered several new minerals, one of which, Mountainite, bears his name.

Personal Bests: 440y – 50.6e (1922); 800 – 1:53.8e (1920).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Edgar Mountain
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Edgar Mountain
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 7 h3 r2/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain DNS