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Rex Woods

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameReginald Salisbury "Rex"•Woods
Used nameRex•Woods
Born15 October 1891 in Dulwich, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died21 September 1986 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England (GBR)
Measurements182 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR) / Achilles Club, (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


One of the pioneers of English shot putting, Rex Woods competed for Cambridge vs. Oxford four times (1912-14, 1920) and was the winner on the last two occasions. He first competed in the AAA Championships in 1912 when he finished fourth, and he made his last appearance when second in 1928. In the years between, he won the title in 1924 and 1926. Woods was also an excellent quarter-miler and in 1913 he beat the 1912 Olympic runner Ernest Haley. Additionally he came close to winning a rugby blue and was a low-handicap golfer. Rex Woods served with the RAMC in France (1914-18) and Mauritius and Madagascar (1939-45), but most of his life was spent in Cambridge where he shared a medical practice with Edward Bevan, the Olympic rowing gold medalist. For many years both partners maintained a keen interest in University sport.

Personal Bests: 440y – 51.8 (1913); SP – 13.75 (45-1½) (1927).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Rex Woods
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 24
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Rex Woods
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 17 r1/2