Mark Pharaoh

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Mark Pharaoh
Born (1931-07-18) 18 July 1931 (age 83)[1]
Occupation Athlete
Competition record
Discus
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Qualified 1952 Summer Olympic Games
4th 1956 Summer Olympic Games
World Student Games[2]
Gold 1953 World Student Games
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British National Championships (AAA)
1st 1952
1st 1953
1st 1955
1st 1956
Shot put
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
5th 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Competitor for  United Kingdom
World Student Games[2]
Silver 1953 World Student Games
Hammer throw
Competitor for  United Kingdom
World Student Games[2]
Silver 1953 World Student Games

Mark Pharaoh (born 18 July 1931)[1] is a former athlete, who competed in the discus at both the 1952 Helsinki Olympics[3] and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where he came fourth. This has been described as by far the finest single achievement in British discus history.[4] He was also an international shot put and hammer thrower.

Biography[edit]

Mark Pharaoh was born 18 July 1931 and as a youth attended Manchester Grammar Schoolwhere he excelled at sport and was an active member of the Gannet patrol of Troop 4 of the school's scouts. He went on to study at Manchester University.[1] Having competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics and having won the British 3A's on four occasions[5] he competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics. He came fourth, setting a UK record of 54.27m in the process and missing the bronze medal by just 13 cm.[4] Mark also represented Walton Athletic Club in Walton-on-Thames[6]

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