Sid Atkinson

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Sid Atkinson
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  South Africa
Olympic Games
Gold 1928 Amsterdam 110 m hurdles
Silver 1924 Paris 110 m hurdles

Sidney "Sid" Atkinson (Sidney James Montford "Sid" Atkinson; 14 March 1901 – 31 August 1977) was a South African athlete, winner of 110 m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

Atkinson came onto the international athletics scene in 1922, when he ran the 110 m hurdles in 15.2 and the 400 m hurdles in 56.5. He was also a notable long jumper.

At the 1924 Summer Olympics, the favourite for the 110 m hurdles was American George Guthrie. But as the race started, Atkinson and another American Daniel Kinsey got off to a quick start and ran nearly together until the eighth flight when Atkinson edged ahead. Atkinson clipped his toe on the last barrier, giving Kinsey enough of lead to break the tape and win the gold. Guthrie crashed through the barriers behind the two medalists and was disqualified for timber topping.

Atkinson reappeared at the next Olympics, finally getting his gold after the disappointment of 1924, beating the world record holder Steve Anderson from the United States into second place.

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