John Ainsworth-Davis

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John Ainsworth-Davis
Butler, Ainsworth-Davis, Lindsay, Griffiths 1920.jpg
British relay team at the 1920 Olympics, Ainsworth-Davis is 2nd left
Personal information
Born 23 April 1895
Aberystwyth, Wales
Died 3 January 1976 (aged 80)
Stockland, Devon, England
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 m
Club University of Cambridge
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m – 50.0e (1920)[1][2]

John Creyghton Ainsworth-Davis (23 April 1895 – 3 January 1976) was a Welsh surgeon and sprint runner who won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Biography[edit]

Ainsworth-Davis studied at Westminster School. During World War I he first served as a captain with the Rifle Brigade and then as pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

At the 1920 Summer Olympics Ainsworth-Davis ran the third leg for the British 4 × 400 m relay team, which won the event. He also competed in the individual 400 m, to replace Cecil Griffiths who fell ill, and finished fifth.[1][3]

After graduating from University of Cambridge Ainsworth-Davis studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and played music at a nightclub to support his family. He could not make time for sport, and retired from competitions after placing fourth in the 440 yards at the 1921 AAA Championships. He became a respected urological surgeon and the Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine. During World War II he was head of the surgical division of the RAF hospital at RAF Cosford.[1] Later he served as Secretary and President of the Hunterian Society (1958) and Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c John Ainsworth-Davis. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ John Ainsworth-Davis. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ "Going for Gold: 1 Cambridgeshire's Olympians". Cambridgeshire County Council. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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