Thomas Hammond (athlete)

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Tommy Hammond

Thomas Edgar "Tommy" Hammond (18 June 1878 – 18 December 1945) was a British track and field athlete who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.[1]


Hammond was born on 18 June 1878 in Woburn, Bedfordshire.[2] He was educated at Bedford Modern School.[3] and then became a stockbroker at the London Stock Exchange.[1]

In September 1908 he set a number of British records including the 24-hour when he covered 131 miles, 580 yards; his record stood at the time of his death in 1945.[2] His time at 100 miles was 18-04:10.2. In 1908 he was eliminated in the first round of the 10 mile walk event. Hammond set a number of records including London-to-Oxford (1907), London-to-Brighton and back (1907), London-to-Brighton (1908), and Norwich-to-Ipswich (1914).[2] However, in 1908 he was eliminated in the first round of the 10 mile walk event.[2]

Hammond was a founder member of the Brotherhood of Centurions (Centurion no.10) and is remembered primarily for his prowess as a long distance race walker.[1] In 1938 he was made President of Old Bedford Modernians' Club.[1] He died in Haywards Heath, West Sussex on 18 December 1948.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Profile in The Eagle, The Magazine of Bedford Modern School, Vol. XXI No.4, December 1937
  2. ^ a b c d "Tommy Hammond". Olympics at 
  3. ^ "School Sport In The Twentieth Century" by PJ King, 1974, Commemorative Edition of The Eagle
  4. ^ Tommy Hammond. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2015-01-22.

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