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Teddy Flack

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack

Full Name: Edwin Flack
Profession: Olympic Runner


Biography: Edwin "Teddy" Flack was Australia's first-ever Olympian and its only competitor at the 1896 Olympic in Athens. He was also his country's first Olympic champion, winning the 800 and 1500 meter running races, although as Australia was then still unfederated he raced in old school colors.

Flack also competed in the first-ever marathon won by Greek hero Spyridon Louis before collapsing through exhaustion. Competing also in tennis Flack finished third in the men's doubles along with an Englishman but did not receive a medal as bronze medals were not yet introduced.

Born: November 5, 1873
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: January 10, 1935 (aged 61)

Historical Events

  • 1896-04-07 Australian athlete Edwin Flack wins gold in the first Olympic 1500m final at inaugural modern Games in Athens; goes on to win 800m two days later
  • 1896-04-09 Australian athlete Edwin Flack claims the middle distance double at the Athens Olympics winning the 800m final in 2:11.0; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 1500m

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