John Arthur Gregory

John (Jack) Arthur Gregory
1948 London Olympics
1952 Helsinki Olympics
Silver medallist

Jack Gregory was born on 22nd June 1923 at Sea Mills in Bristol. He was educated at St. Andrew's College, Dublin and Rydal School. A rugby player as well as a sprinter, he played Rugby Union and League and was banned for 1 year from playing rugby union after having played rugby league for Huddersfield in 1947. He was All-Ireland 100 yards and 220 yards champion from 1947 to 1949 and was capped for England in the England v Wales game on January 15th 1949. In September 1948 he played for Blackheath, joining the Blackheath 1st XV for the 1948-9 season.

Jack was part of the 4 x 100m relay team at the 1948 Olympics in London, running the second leg. The team came second and were briefly upgraded to gold when the American team were disqualified. However on appeal the winners were reinstated. He also appeared for the Great Britain relay team in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where they came 4th. He died on 15th December 2003 at Laurel Court Residential Home, Nailsea, near Bristol.

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