Emil Voigt (athlete)

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Emil Voigt
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Emil Voigt
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1908 London 5 miles

Emil Robert Voigt (31 January 1883 – 16 October 1973) was a British athlete, winner of the Olympic 5 miles race in 1908 representing Great Britain.

Born in Manchester to German parents, Voigt won the 1908 Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) championship in the 4 miles,[1] making him one of the favourites for the 5 miles at the 1908 Summer Olympics, which were held in London. Voigt, a vegetarian,[2] indeed won the race easily, and became the second and last Olympic champion in the event, which was replaced by the 5000 m and 10000 m events in 1912.

After winning three more AAA titles in 1909 and 1910, as well as winning numerous other races in the UK and in Europe, he emigrated to Australia in 1911. He won a number of Australian titles over the next three years then retired from athletics in 1914 when the outbreak of war in Europe put an end to his career.

In Australia he became one of the foremost pioneers of early radio, helping to set up 2KY on behalf of the Labor movement.[3]

He moved back to England in 1936, finally retiring to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1948, where he died at age 90.[3]


  1. ^ British Athletics Championships 1876-1914
  2. ^ Stoddard, Katy (23 July 2012). "Emil Voigt, vegetarian Guardian writer who triumphed at the 1908 Olympics". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Cunneen, Chris (1990). "Voigt, Emil Robert (1883–1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 12. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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