George Nicol

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge•Nicol
Used nameGeorge•Nicol
Born28 December 1886 in Battersea, England (GBR)
Died28 January 1967 in Brighton, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic Harriers, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


George Nicol was a four-time finalist in the AAA 440 y (1908-09, 1912-13) and winner in 1913. He was a member of the famous Polytechnic Harriers medley relay team that set a world record (3:29.8) at Glasgow in 1914 and won the AAA title for three successive years (1912-14). He was also a member of the Polytechnic team that set a UK 4×400y relay record in 1908. George Nicol was one of the pioneers of Continental tours and led his club team to meetings in many major European cities. He produced some fine performances on these tours, setting All-Comers records for 400 m in Germany and Belgium and he was the Austrian champion at 800 m. One of the most loyal servants of Polytechnic Harriers, Nicol was a committee member for more than 60 years, a Life Member for 53 years, and a Vice-President for 47 years. He was awarded the OBE for his work as a senior civil servant, working in the controller’s office of the Post Office.

Personal Bests: 440y – 49.4 (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR George Nicol
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r2/3
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR George Nicol
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h1 r2/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 Bronze