Frederick Humphreys (athlete)

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Frederick Harkness Humphreys
Born (1878-01-28)28 January 1878
Highbury, London, England
Died 10 August 1954(1954-08-10) (aged 76)
Ealing, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Police Constable
Known for Olympic Gold Medalist - Tug-of-War
Olympic medal record
Men's Tug of war
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Team
Silver medal – second place 1912 Stockholm Team

Frederick Harkness Humphreys (28 January 1878[citation needed] – 10 August 1954[citation needed]) was a British tug of war competitor and sport wrestler who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, and in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp.[1] He was also a constable in the City of London Police, collar number 970, as were two of his brothers.[1]

He was part of the British City of London Police team which won two gold (1908 and 1920) and one silver medal (1912) in three consecutive tug of war competitions.[1] (There were no games in 1916 due to World War I.)

He also competed in wrestling, and took part in demonstration bouts around Europe and the United Kingdom.[1] In the 1908 Olympic Greco-Roman super heavyweight competition he was eliminated in the first round and in the freestyle heavyweight event he was eliminated in the quarter-finals.[citation needed]

In May 2013, some of his medals, including the 1912 silver and 1920 gold, and family photographs, were shown on an episode of the BBC television programme by two of his great-nieces. They stated that the whereabouts of his 1908 gold medal are unknown.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Chepstow Racecourse 1". Antiques Roadshow. Series 35. Episode 22. 2013-05-05. BBC. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 

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