When Tebbs Lloyd Johnson went to participate in the 1948 Olympic Games, he was not considered a contender. He had stayed away from walking for 12 years before that.
Tabes Lloyd has been Britain’s memorable athlete
Britain’s male athletes won three medals at the 1948 Olympic Games. It consisted of two silver and one bronze medal. After this, the women’s team won four more silver medals. However, the most memorable medal among all these medals was that of Tebbs Lloyd Johnson. The British player won the bronze medal in the 50 km walk. At the age of 48 years and 115 days, he created history by winning this medal.
In the Olympics, today we are going to tell you the story of the oldest medalist of these games, Tebbs Lloyd Johnson. He retired from these games in 1937 before making history in 1948. However, he came back and continued to play not only in the 1948 Olympics but also in the future. Finally, at the age of 59, said goodbye to the game.
Started as a boxer
Lloyd was born in Melton Mowbray in the year 1900. He was a very good boxer at the time when he was in the army. After this, he also tried his hand in high jump. On Good Friday of 1921, he started his career in walking which lasted for 40 years. During this time he won six national titles and also played in two Olympics. In 1936, he took part in the Berlin Olympics for the first time. He finished 15th in the Olympic Games. His compatriot Harold was also lagging behind Witlock who was younger than him.
History was composed in 1948 Olympics
When Lloyd went to participate in the 1948 Olympic Games, he was not considered a contender. He had stayed away from walking for 12 years before that. He finished second in the Olympic qualifier race with a time of 4:36:02. In the first place was Harold’s brother Rex who was only 29 seconds ahead of him. He again qualified for the Olympics at the age of 48. After this he reached the Olympics. It was very hot at that time. Sweden’s John Ljungren took gold with a time of 4:41:52. In second place was Lloyd Crossing the finishing line just 14 seconds after Switzerland’s Gaston Goodale. He also became the oldest player in the Olympics.
The oldest gold medalist in the Olympics is Pat Macdonald, who won the medal at Shotpud at the age of 42. He also won gold in the Stockholm Olympics. Marilyn Otte of Jamaica, who is the oldest female medalist athlete in the Olympic Games, won her ninth medal at the age of 40. This was his ninth Olympic medal. At the same time, the oldest female gold medalist was Ilina Zvereva who won the medal in the discus throw.
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