Guy Butler (athlete)
Guy Butler in 1926
|Born||25 August 1899
Harrow, Great Britain
|Died||22 February 1981 (aged 81)
St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Event(s)||200 m, 400 m|
|Club||University of Cambridge
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||200 m – 21.7 (1927)
400 m – 48.0 (1924)
Guy Montagu Butler (25 August 1899 – 22 February 1981) was a British sprinter, winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1920 Summer Olympics. With four Olympic medals Guy Butler shares the British record for the number of medals in athletics with Sebastian Coe and Mo Farah.
Butler was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and attended the local Harrow School, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Trinity College, Cambridge. His father also attended the Harrow School and competed in cricket and athletics at the national level. At the Antwerp Olympics in 1920, Butler won the silver medal in the individual 400 m and anchored the British 4 × 400 m relay team to a gold medal in 3:22.2. At the 1924 Summer Olympics, he won bronze in the 400 m and again anchored the British 4 × 400 m relay team, this time winning bronze in 3:17.4. In 1928 he became the first British track and field athlete to compete in three Olympics; he reached a 200 m quarterfinal, and retired shortly thereafter.
In retirement, Butler was a schoolmaster, then an athletics journalist, and a pioneer of filming athletes in action. He contributed to the design of the White City Stadium and worked as the athletics correspondent for The Morning Post until it was merged with The Daily Telegraph in 1937.
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