David Hemery Olympic athlete

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 reached a near orgasm of excitement as Hemery crossed the line, and then made the unfortunate remark that he neither knew nor cared who came third in the race.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 18th, 1944
Place of birth
United Kingdom




1. St Catherine's College, Oxford Colleges/University

St Catherine's College, often called Catz, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its motto is Nova et Vetera ("the new and the old"). As of 2006, the college had an estimated financial endowment of £53m.

Type College
2006. 53 mil. £
Manor Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire
2010. 499
2008. 450
2010. 250
2008. 150
Official web page www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk
Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended St Catherine's College, Oxford connected by profession and/or age

b. 1970., Olympic athlete
b. 1944., Military Person
b. 1939., Critic
b. 1940., Politician
b. 1948., Botanist
b. 1941., Writer
b. 1944., Politician
b. 1949., Politician

2. Boston University Colleges/University

Boston University (often initialized as BU) is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than 4,000 faculty members and more than 31,000 students, Boston University is one of the largest private universities in the United States and one of Boston's largest employers. The university is nonsectarian, but is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 1.28 bil. $
2010. 1.02 bil. $
Institution colors
One Silber Way, 02215 - Boston, Massachusetts
2013. 16,545
2010. 18,714
2009. 18,187
2013. 14,132
2010. 14,013
Acceptance rate
2013. 37.0 %
2012. 45.5 %
2011. 49.0 %
2010. 58.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 44 K $
2010. 39.3 K $
Official web page www.bu.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Boston University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1941., Olympic athlete
b. 1989., Olympic athlete
b. 1932., Olympic athlete
b. 1989., Olympic athlete
b. 1930., Olympic athlete
b. 1875., Olympic athlete
b. 1940., Politician
b. 1940., Writer

Olympic medals

1972 Summer Olympics Munich

The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972. The sporting nature of the event was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, a West German police officer, and five Black September terrorists were killed. The 1972 Summer Olympics were the second Summer Olympics to be held in Germany, after the 1936 Games in Berlin, which had taken place under the Nazi regime. Mindful of the connection, the West German Government was eager to take the opportunity of the Munich Olympics to present a new, democratic and optimistic Germany to the world, as shown by the Games' official motto, "Die Heiteren Spiele", or "the Happy Games." The logo of the Games was a blue solar logo by Otl Aicher, the designer and director of the visual conception commission. The Olympic mascot, the dachshund "Waldi", was the first officially named Olympic mascot. The Olympic Fanfare was composed by Herbert Rehbein, a companion of Bert Kaempfert. The Olympic Park is based on Frei Otto's plans and after the Games became a Munich landmark.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Athletics - Men's 400 metre hurdles

1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City

The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico, in October 1968. These were the first Olympic Games to be staged in Latin America and the first to be staged in a Spanish-speaking country. They were also the third Games to be held in autumn, after the 1956 Games in Melbourne and the 1964 Games in Tokyo. The Mexican Student Movement of 1968 happened concurrently and the Olympic Games were correlated to the government's repression.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Athletics - Men's 400 metre hurdles

Awards won

1968 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
BBC Sport


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