Alan Patterson (athlete)

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Not to be confused with the British Olympic high jumper Alan Paterson.

Alan Patterson (12 March 1886 – 14 March 1916) was a British track and field athlete who specialised in the 400 metres and 800 metres. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.[1] He was born in Deal, Kent.

In the 400 metres event in 1908, Patterson took second place in his preliminary heat with a time of 50.6 seconds to winner John Atlee's 50.4 seconds. Due to his loss, Patterson did not advance to the semifinals.

Four years later he was eliminated in the first round of the 400 metres competition as well as of the 800 metres event.

Patterson was killed in action during the First World War in Vermelles, Pas-de-Calais, serving as a captain with the Royal Artillery near Mazingarbe.[2] He is buried at the Fosse 7 Military Cemetery nearby.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Patterson". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Patterson, Alan, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Retrieved 14 September 2008

External links[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Athletics 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 25 July 2006. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2006. 
  • Alan Patterson. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2014-10-18.