Arthur Russell (athlete)

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Arthur Russell
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Born (1886-03-13)13 March 1886
Walsall, West Midlands
Died 23 August 1972(1972-08-23) (aged 86)

Arthur Russell (13 March 1886 – 23 August 1972) was an English athlete. He was the winner of the 3,200 meter steeplechase at the 1908 Summer Olympics for Great Britain.[1]

Russell, from Staffordshire, won the British AAA Championships in steeplechase from 1904 to 1906. He won his first AAA title while only 17 years old.

At the London Olympics, Russell competed in the 3,200 metres steeplechase. In the first round, he was one of only two athletes in his heat to finish, easily defeating the other runner. Russell made the pace in the final for the first mile. Afterwards Russell and American John Eisele fought for the lead until the bell, when Briton Archie Robertson passed Eisele and was only beaten by two yards by Russell, with Eisele 25 yards (23 m) behind.

Russell was a Walsall brick worker who ran for Walsall Harriers. His gold medal is extremely rare as it is made of solid gold and this was the only time that the 3200 yard event was held.


  1. ^ "Arthur Russell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.