Tommy Hampson

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Tommy Hampson
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 1932 Los Angeles 800 metres
Silver 1932 Los Angeles 4×400 m relay
British Empire Games
Gold 1930 Hamilton 880 yards

Thomas "Tommy" Hampson (28 October 1907 – 4 September 1965) was an English athlete, winner of the 800 metres at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

Hampson, a native of Clapham (London), didn't take up running seriously until the last year of his studies at Oxford University. After completing his education, he became a teacher in 1930 (at St Albans School). That same year, he won the British AAA championships over 880 yd (805 m), a title he would also claim in 1931 and 1932.

Also a winner at the inaugural British Empire Games, Hampson was one of the world's leading runners in the 800 m and half-mile event. That made him one of the top favourites for the 800 m gold at the 1932 Olympics, held in Los Angeles. In the final, Hampson fought off Canadian Alex Wilson to break the tape in 1.49.7, a new world record and becoming the first ever man to run 800 metres in under 1 minutes and 50 seconds.

He added a second Olympic medal with the British 4 x 400 metres relay team, which came second to the United States. Hampson ended his sports career later that year. Several years later, he left his teaching job to become an educator in the Royal Air Force, a job he kept until after World War II.

Hampson died at age 57 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

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Records
Preceded by
France Sera Martin
Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
equalled by Ben Eastman (USA) on 1934-06-16

1932-08-02 – 1936-08-20
Succeeded by
United States Glenn Cunningham
Preceded by
France Sera Martin
European Record Holder Men's 800m
2 August 1932 - 19 August 1938
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Sydney Wooderson