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Eddie Owen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward "Eddie"•Owen
Used nameEddie•Owen
Born6 November 1886 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Died24 September 1949 in Woolwich, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements170 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsSalford Harriers/Manchester Athletic Club
NOC(s) Great Britain


The winner of four Northern Counties miles titles (1909-12), Eddie Owen was also the winner at the AAA Championships in 1909 and 1912. A versatile athlete, he placed fourth in the AAA 4 miles (1907) and second in the 880y (1910). Owen set British records for 1,000 m (1914), ¾-mile (1910), and 3K (1912), although there is some doubt over the authenticity of the latter record. During the war he served in the Irish Guards when his Commanding Office was Captain Alexander (later Field-Marshal Lord Alexander), who had beaten Owen in the mile in the 1914 Triangular International. In 1926 Eddie Owen gave up his work as a Manchester warehouseman and took a job at Belle Vue greyhound track. After a spell at the White City, he became manager of Crayford Stadium in Kent and held that position at the time of his death.

Personal Bests: 1000 – 2:35.2 (1914); Mile – 4:20.2 (1909); 3000 – 8:52.6 (1912); 2 miles – 9:40.8 (1910); 5000 – 15:16.4 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics 5 mile, Men Olympic 2 Silver GBR Eddie Owen
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic AC h3 r1/2 GBR Eddie Owen
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  3,000 metres, Team, Men Olympic Great Britain 3 Bronze

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