David Hemery

Olympic athlete from United Kingdom

David Peter Hemery, CBE, (born 18 July 1944) is a British former athlete, winner of the 400m hurdles at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, but his father's work took the family to the United States, where he attended school and graduated from Boston University. At one point the family had returned to England for a time, and Hemery moved back and forth across the Atlantic during his training. Hemery's first International title came at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, where he won the 120 yd hurdles in 14.1 seconds, a title he retained four years later at the 1970 Commonwealth Games (by then it was the 110m hurdles which he won in 13.8 seconds). At the Mexico Olympics in 1968, Hemery won the 400m hurdles in 48.12 seconds, a new world record. His margin of victory was the largest since the 1924, beating second-placed Gerhard Hennige from West Germany by almost a second. BBC coverage of the race is notorious for the words of the commentator David Coleman, who in his great excitement as Hemery crossed the line, made the rather unfortunate remark that he neither knew nor cared who came third in the race. Hemery's British teammate John Sherwood turned out  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
David Peter Hemery
Date of birth
Place of birth
United Kingdom
Vivian Hemery


Institution From To
Boston University
St Catherine's College, Oxford

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