Edwin FLACK

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 1896
  • Year of Birth
    1873
Olympic Results

Biography

Edwin FLACK

Born in London, Teddy Flack's family emigrated to Australia when he was still an infant. He attended the Melbourne Church of England School, where he studied classics, and in 1893-94, after joining the Old Melburnian Harriers, he was Victorian and Australasian mile champion, and won the New South Wales 2-mile championship in 1894. Flack joined his father's Melbourne accountancy firm, and was sent to Price & Waterhouse in London in 1895. A state champion in the mile, Flack joined the London Athletic Club, and enjoyed minor successes while competing in England. He was the only Australian competitor at the 1896 Olympics, and wound up becoming his country's first Olympic champion. He won both the 800 m and the 1500 m relatively easy. In his enthusiasm, Teddy Flack also entered the marathon. Lacking long distance experience, he had to abandon the race after leading for a quarter of the race. He also entered the tennis competition, but lost both his matches. Flack competed in England in 1896 and 1897, but returned to Melbourne in 1899, where he would be become a successful businessman and owned a stud farm. Suffering of heart troubles, he died following an operation at age 62.

Personal Bests: 800 – 2:07.0y (1894); 1500 – unknown; 1mile – 4:38.2 (1895); Mar – unknown.

Olympic Results

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Athens 1896

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Singles
Singles Tennis
B
Doubles
Doubles Tennis
G
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
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Marathon
Marathon Athletics