Bill Holland

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameWilliam Joseph "Bill"•Holland
Used nameBill•Holland
Born8 March 1874 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died20 November 1930 in Malden, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsGeorgetown Hoyas, Washington (USA)
NOC United States


The 1900 Olympic 400m final was reduced to three runners after the U.S. runners, Dixon Boardman, William Moloney and Harry Lee, withdrew on religious grounds because the race was held on a Sunday. The depleted field should not, however, detract from Holland’s second place, as he ran a commendable 49.6 and led the winner, Maxie Long, until the closing stages. After the Olympics, Holland won the IC4A 440y for Georgetown in 1901 and 1902, his winning time of 49.6 in 1902 being the fastest time in the world that year. He was also a talented performer in other events and finished second in the New England All-Around championship in 1897. Holland eventually settled in Massachusetts, where he practiced medicine after his graduation from Georgetown Medical School.

Personal Bests: 200 – 22.7e (1900); 440y – 49.2 (1902).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Holland
60 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r1/2
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
100 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2