Edward Battell

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Edward Battell
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Men's road bicycle racing
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens Road race

Edward Battell was a British racing cyclist. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Battell competed in the 333 metres, 100 kilometres, and road races. He came third in the road race,[1] 87 km from Athens to Marathon and back. He came fourth in the 333m in 26.2 seconds. He was among the seven of the nine that started not to finish the 100 km.

Amateurism protests[edit]

Battell worked as a servant at the British Embassy in Greece. There were objections that he and another rider, Frederick Keeping, worked for a living. That made them "not gentlemen so they could not possibly be amateurs." The historian Mike Price said: "Gentlemen were not paid so were true amateurs. Servants had to be paid and so lost any claims to being amateur. Such was the attitude of the day. Protests were overruled."[2][3]

Olympic Races[edit]

On the 8th of April, Battell competed in his first of his three races at this Olympics, he lined up with eight other cyclist in the 100 km race, which was 300 laps are the 333 metre track, Battell was one of the seven cyclist to retire from the race which was eventually won by the Frenchman, Léon Flameng.[4] After a two day break he was back in the saddle this time competing in the time trial, this was one lap around the 333 metre track, Battell did his lap in 26.2 seconds which was just 0.2 seconds behind the 3rd place rider, another Frenchman, Paul Masson won the race in a time of 24 seconds.[5] The next day was the individual road race which was from Athens to Marathon and back again, totaling 87 km, Battell at one point was leading the race but was so exhusted he was eventually overtaken by the Greek, Aristidis Konstantinidis and German, August von Gödrich and so finished in third place.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edward Battell Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Price, Mike (2000), Days of Gold and Glory, privately published, UK
  3. ^ Ullrich leads team-mates to podium Archived 30 August 2004 at Archive.is The Sunday Times
  4. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 kilometres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 333⅓ metres Time Trial". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Road Race, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States David Rowland Francis
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
1908
Succeeded by
Sweden Sigfrid Edström