Edward Smouha

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Edward Smouha
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1928 Amsterdam 4x100 m relay

Edward Ralph "Teddy" Smouha OBE (17 December 1909 – 1 April 1992) was a British track and field athlete who competed mainly in the 100 metres.

Edward Smouha was born at Chorlton-cum-Hardy,[1] one of the seven children of Rosa Ades and Joseph Smouha. His father was an Iraqi Jew born in Baghdad who emigrated to Manchester, England, and became a successful cotton manufacturer. He later drained swampland outside Alexandria, Egypt to create a new suburb, Smouha City.[2]

He competed for Great Britain in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the 4 x 100 metre relay where he won the bronze medal with his team mates Cyril Gill, Walter Rangeley and Jack London.[1]

He studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1926 to 1929, and later served in the 1940s as Wing Commander in the No. 216 Group of the Royal Air Force.[3]

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1970s.

In numerous media sources, he has been attributed the name Ellis, causing confusion. Ellis Smouha was in fact his older brother.[2]

Smouha's family included other athletes: his son Brian sprinted for Great Britain in the early 1960s, and his grandson James Espir competed for Britain in middle distance events in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With a time of 3 minutes 56.7 seconds, Espir is reckoned to be the fastest Jewish miler of all time.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Teddy Smouha". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b Rubinstein, William D. (2011). Joseph Smouha. The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Retrieved on 2015-01-25.
  3. ^ THE SWISS BRANCH - THE ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION. RAFA Swiss Branch. Retrieved on 2015-01-25.
  4. ^ A Race Apart. Jewish Chronicle (2006-04-14). Retrieved on 2015-01-25.