Alex Wilson (Canadian sprinter)

Alex Wilson (actually, Alexander S. Wilson, born December 1, 1905 in Montréal, Québec, Canada, † October 10, 1994 in South Bend, Indiana, United States) was a Canadian athlete who in the 1930s as a runner over 400 and 800 m was successful. He participated twice in the Olympic Games and once at the British Empire Games, where he won a total of seven medals.

After ending his playing career he became a coach at the University of Notre Dame, where each year the Alex Wilson Invitational takes place.

In 1954, he was inducted into the Canadian Track Hall of Fame.

He was 1.78 m tall and 66 kg.

Olympic games

400 m

Alex Wilson went both in 1928 in Amsterdam and in 1932 in Los Angeles about 400 m at the start. While working as a fourth of his semi-final run ( 49.2 sec ) was eliminated in Amsterdam, he was able to increase continuously in Los Angeles: 50.5 sec in flow, 49.6 seconds in the quarter-finals and semi-finals in 47.8 sec, where he finished second. In the final it a recent improvement to 47.4 sec, which won the bronze medal ahead of the two vastly superior Americans Bill Carr ( gold in a world record time of 46.2 seconds) and Ben Eastman succeeded ( silver in 46, 4 sec ) meant.

800 m

Also on the 800 -m distance Alex Wilson stepped to both Olympic Games and saw it the same as over 400 m: In Amsterdam, he came to the semifinals ( seventh in 1:57,1 min), in Los Angeles, he improved from 1:52,5 min in the semifinals on 1:49,9 min in the final, where he lost to only the British Tommy Hampson, who set a world record with 1:49,7 min.

4 x 400 m

Alex Wilson in 1928 and 1932, member of the Canadian team in the 4 x 400 - meter relay team that won the bronze medal both times. In 1928 he was first runner, and in 1932 he was able to cage rotor as the German squadron, for the Otto Peltzer contested the final round, refer to fourth place.

British Empire Games

Alex Wilson took in 1930 in Hamilton in the competitions over 440 and 880 y, as well as a starter for the Canadian season and won three medals: gold over 440 y ( 48.8 sec ), silver team ( 3:19,8 min ) and bronze over 880 y ( 1:54,9 minutes).