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Billy Saward

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam George "Billy"•Saward
Used nameBilly•Saward
Born15 September 1868 in Thurrock, Thurrock, England (GBR)
Died1944 in Thurrock, Thurrock, England (GBR)
AffiliationsEssex Beagles, Barking (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


William Saward qualified for the 1900 Olympic marathon by finishing second to Frederick Randall in the inaugural 1899 London-Brighton amateur race, although it was twice the Olympic distance. Saward dropped out of the Olympic marathon before the 4-mile mark. Saward was a member of the Essex Beagles and along with fellow ‘Beagle’ Thomas Bartlett, the two men were known as “The Twins” and were both members of the Essex club when they won the Southern Counties Cross Country title at Wembley Park in 1894. Shortly after his Olympic appearance, Saward turned professional.

Personal Best: Mar – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Billy Saward
Marathon, Men (Olympic) AC