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William Coales - International Roll of Honour


In 1908 William "Buff" Coales represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games in London winning an individual bronze medal and a team gold medal in the 3 mile Cross Country event.  The event was held in the morning, and in the afternoon of the same day Coales started in the 5 mile individual race but after his earlier efforts it is not surprising that he dropped out after 4 miles.

Like Joe Deakin and Arthur Robertson, who led the British team to their Olympic victory, Coales had a solid cross-country background. He won the Midland title in 1908 and finished second to Robertson in the National but he was below form in the International event and finished back in 22nd place. This proved to be only a temporary lapse and after opening the 1908 track season with a win in the Midland 10 miles championships, he was fifth in the AAA event before going on to win an Olympic gold medal.


Personal Bests:

3 miles – 14:31.6 (1908);

5K – 15:39.0 (1910);

4 miles – 20:30.6 (1909);

10K – 32:41.0 (1910);

10 miles – 53:54.0 (1908).