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Brian Oddie

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBrian Cecil Vernon•Oddie
Used nameBrian•Oddie
Born16 May 1905 in Luton, Luton, England (GBR)
Died7 August 1996 in Bracknell, Bracknell Forest, England (GBR)
Measurements176 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsSouth London Harriers, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Brian Oddie was a leading performer on the flat, in the steeplechase and as a cross-country runner. His best finishes at the AAA Championships were second in the 4 miles (1930) and fourth in the steeplechase (1929). He had a fine international record, finishing second in the 5K in both his matches against France (1927, 1929) and being the individual winner in the 3 miles team race against Germany (1929). He was also a finalist in the Olympic 5K in 1928 and placed sixth in the 3 miles at the 1930 British Empire Games. While at the University of London, Oddie won the UAU 3 miles in 1926 and other successes included a victory in the Kinnaird 3 miles in 1929. He was also 29th for England in the 1929 International Cross-Country. He joined the Air Ministry as a meteorologist after graduating, and stayed there until his retirement. During the war he served as Wing Commander in the RAF and was appointed CBE.

Personal Bests: 2 miles – 9:31.6 (1927); 3 miles – 14:29.8e (1930); 5000 – 15:11.8 (1929).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Brian Oddie
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 9