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  1. GODFREY BROWN Composed by:-RITIKA GULATI……

  2. CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2.Biography 3.Biography 4.Achievements 5.Achievements

  3. INTRODUCTION Full name: Arthur Godfrey Kilner Brown Gender: Male Height: 6'0" (183 cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Born:February 21, 1915 in Bankura, West Bengal, IndiaDied: February 4, 1995 (Aged 79) in Coneyhurst, West Sussex, Great Britain Affiliations: University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR) / Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR) Country:Great BritainSport:Athletics

  4. Biography Twenty-one-year-old Godfrey Brown was the youngest member of the British 4×400 metres relay team at the 1936 Olympics. Despite his youth he was given the responsibility of running the testing anchor stage but he had already shown that he had the ability and the experience for this formidable task. Brown had been an outstanding athlete at Warwick School and when he went up to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, he was awarded his blue in his freshmen year, gaining the first of his three successive victories in the 440 yards in the match against Oxford. Later in 1935 he set a Fenner's ground record of 48.1 seconds before making his international debut against Germany in Munich where he finished second to Bill Roberts.

  5. Prior to the Berlin Olympics, Brown only ran four serious quarter-miles in 1936, all of which he won, but he had also run 9.7 seconds for 100 years and 1:56.0 seconds for 880 yards; this combination of speed and stamina boded well for his Olympic chances. After running 47.3 seconds in the semi-finals, Brown failed by inches to take the Olympic title but his time of 46.7 seconds was a new European record and one second faster than he had run before the Games began. In the 4×400 metre relay, Freddie Wolff, Godfrey Rampling and Bill Roberts handed Brown a six-metre lead over the American Al Fitch and with a fine run Brown stretch the advantage to 15 metres, breaking the tape in 3:09.0 seconds for another European record. 

  6. ACHIEVEMENTS  In the 4×400 metre relay, Freddie Wolff, Godfrey Ramplingand Bill Roberts handed Brown a six-metre lead over the American Al Fitch and with a fine run Brown stretch the advantage to 15 metres, breaking the tape in 3:09.0 seconds for another European record. In London, one week after the Olympics, Brown produced an even greater relay leg, when he snatched victory with his last strike for the British Empire in the match against the Americans. Brown's 440 yard stage was unofficially timed at 45.9 seconds and he made up a three-yard deficit on the Olympic bronze medalist Jimmy LuValle.

  7. In 1937, Godfrey Brown brought his personal best for 880 yards down to 1:52.2 seconds in America and later ran a relay leg of 1:51.2 seconds in the match against Germany when he comfortably held off the future world record holder Rudi Harbig. Brown was unbeaten in 1938 and was possibly the world's leading quarter-miler that year. He was the AAA and European champion (400 m) and could count among his victories a win over the American champion Ray Malott. At the 1938 European Championships he also won the silver medal in the 4×400 metres relay (with Godfrey Brown and the non-Olympians John Barnes and Alfred Baldwin) and the bronze medal in the 4×100 metres relay (with Godfrey Brown, Ernie Page and the non-Olympian Maurice Scarr). After a strenuous season, Brown only indulged in light training the following winter and this neglect showed when the 1939 track season arrived.