|Birth name||Thomas Hampson|
28 October 1907|
|Died||4 September 1965
|Resting place||St Mary's Church, Stevenage|
|Monuments||Hampson Park, Stevenage|
|Spouse(s)||Edith Winnie Hampson|
Hampson, a native of Clapham (London), didn't take up running seriously until the last year of his studies at Oxford University. After completing his education, he became a teacher in 1930 (at St Albans School). That same year, he won the British AAA championships over 880 yd (805 m), a title he would also claim in 1931 and 1932.
Also a winner at the inaugural British Empire Games, Hampson was one of the world's leading runners in the 800 m and half-mile event. That made him one of the top favourites for the 800 m gold at the 1932 Olympics, held in Los Angeles. In the final, Hampson fought off Canadian Alex Wilson to break the tape in 1.49.7, a new world record and becoming the first ever man to run 800 metres in under 1 minutes and 50 seconds.
He added a second Olympic medal with the British 4 × 400 metres relay team, which came second to the United States. Hampson ended his sports career later that year. Several years later, he left his teaching job to become an educator in the Royal Air Force, a job he kept until after World War II.
In 1954, Hampson moved to Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and joined the Stevenage Development Corporation as Social Relations Officer. He was a warden at the church of St Mary in the town, and after he died at the age of 57, he was buried there. Hampson Park in the town was later named after him.
|Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
equalled by Ben Eastman (USA) on 1934-06-16
1932-08-02 – 1936-08-20
|European Record Holder Men's 800m
2 August 1932 – 19 August 1938
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