Freddie Wolff

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Freddie Wolff
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin 4x400 m relay

Frederick Ferdinand "Freddie" Wolff, CBE, TD (13 October 1910 – 26 January 1988) was a British athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1]

Frederick Wolff won the British AAA in 440 yd (400 m) in 1933.

At the Berlin Olympic Games, Wolff ran the opening leg in the British 4x400 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new European record of 3.09.0.

Wolff was born in Hong Kong, the eldest son of a family of four children. On his family’s return to England he was educated at Shirley House Preparatory School and Beaumont College in Windsor.[2]

He married Natalie Winefred Virginia Byrne, the daughter of Ferdinand and Mary (née Keith) Byrne. They then had five children: Jennifer, John, Carolyn, Richard (twin) and Christine (twin).

In 1929, Wolff joined the family firm Rudolf Wolff & Co. In the Second World War, Wolff served in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and was promoted to the rank of Captain.[3] Wolff rejoined Rudolf Wolff & Co. in 1946, and became a partner in 1951.

From 1970-77 Wolff became the Committee Chairman of the London Metal Exchange helping establishing the LME’s international reputation. He was made a CBE in 1975.[4]

He died on 26 January 1988, aged 77, in Marylebone, London.[2]


  1. ^ Chasing Gold. Getty Images. 2005. p. 176. ISBN 0-901662-02-X. 
  2. ^ a b Freddie Wolff. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2015-01-23.
  3. ^ The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry War Chronicle 1942-1944. Gale and Polden Limited. 1951. p. 382. 
  4. ^ Wolff's Guide to the London Metal Exchange (2nd ed.). Metal Bulletin Books Limited. 1980. p. 320. ISBN 0-900542-43-8. 

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