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Walter Rangeley

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWalter•Rangeley
Used nameWalter•Rangeley
Born14 December 1903 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England (GBR)
Died16 March 1982 in Mold, Flintshire, Wales (GBR)
Measurements174 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsSalford Harriers, Salford (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

As a sprinter, Walter Rangeley enjoyed a remarkably long career. After placing third in both sprints at the unofficial National Junior Championships organized by the Manchester AC in 1921, he went on to win the Northern Counties 100y five times and the 220y eight times. In the 4×100 relay he won an Olympic silver in 1924 and bronze in 1928, when he also took a silver, only 60 cm. behind the winner, Percy Williams, in the 200. Rangeley won a gold medal in the 4×110y relay (with Arthur Sweeney and the non-Olympians Ernie Davis and George Saunders), a bronze in the 220y, and was eliminated in the heats of the 100y at the 1934 British Empire Games, but surprisingly was never an AAA winner. Although an AAA finalist 13 times – five at 100y and eight at 220y – his best placements were third at 100y (1925) and 220y (1928, 1935). He made his final appearance at the Championships in 1939 when he placed fourth in the 220y at the age of 35. He worked as a bank clerk.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.86 (1925); 100 – 10.6 (1935); 200 – 21.9 (1928).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Walter Rangeley
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r2/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Walter Rangeley
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h6 r2/4
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 Bronze
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Walter Rangeley
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 4 h2 r1/2

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1924 Summer Olympics 12 July 1924 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 42.0 WR 1

Special Notes