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Oldest British Olympian turns 100

Godfrey Rampling
Rampling ran alongside Fred Wolff, Bill Roberts and Arthur Brown in Berlin

Britain's oldest Olympian Godfrey Rampling, who won medals at the 1932 and 1936 Games in Los Angeles and Berlin, has reached his 100th birthday.

Rampling first competed for Great Britain in 1932 and anchored the 4x400m relay team to silver behind the US.

Four years later he ran a superb second leg to overtake his American rivals and help secure gold for his team.

He will celebrate the landmark with his family, including film actress daughter Charlotte, in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

"How old did you say I am? A hundred next week? Really? Are you sure? Good Lord, I'm surprised anyone remembers. How nice," he said when interviewed by The Independent newspaper last week.

"These days it's rather like when I was running. The older I get, the slower I get."

Rampling narrowly missed out on individual medals at both Games, but won gold in the 440 yards at the British Empire Games in 1934.

The British Olympic Association was among those offering its congratulations to Rampling on his century.

"As our oldest living Olympic gold medallist his achievements both on the track, at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, and off the track during his time in the Royal Artillery are much to be proud of," a spokeswoman said.

He retired from the Royal Artillery as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1958 after 29 years' service.



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