Bevil Rudd

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Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd
Bevil Rudd 1920.jpg
Personal information
Born(1894-10-05)5 October 1894
Kimberley, Northern Cape
Died2 February 1948(1948-02-02) (aged 53)
South Africa
Updated on 3 February 2016.
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing South Africa Flag 1910-1912.svg  South Africa
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1920 Antwerp 400 metres
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1920 Antwerp 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1920 Antwerp 800 metres

Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd (5 October 1894 – 2 February 1948) was a South African athlete, the 1920 Olympic Champion in the 400 m.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

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1920 Summer Olympics games of the VII Olympiad, celebrated in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920

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Rudd was born in Kimberley. He was the son of Henry Percy Rudd and Mable Mina Blyth; paternal grandson of Charles Rudd, who co-founded the De Beers diamond mining company, and Frances Chiappini and maternal grandson of Captain Matthew Smith Blyth CMG, chief magistrate of the Transkei, and Elizabeth Cornelia Philpott.

Charles Rudd main business associate of Cecil John Rhodes

Charles Dunell Rudd was the main business associate of Cecil Rhodes.

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During his schooling at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown (Upper House) [1] he excelled both as a student and as an athlete, and he was granted a scholarship for Oxford University. Rudd served in the First World War, and was awarded a Military Cross for bravery. [2]

St. Andrews College, Grahamstown College in South Africa

St. Andrew's College is an Anglican school for boys located in Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was founded in 1855 by the Right Reverend John Armstrong, the first Bishop of Grahamstown. It is a semi boarding school, with a number of day boys. St. Andrew's College caters to 480 pupils from around the globe. The school is also a member of the G20 Schools group and closely associated with its brother school, St. Andrew's Preparatory School, and its sister school the Diocesan School for Girls.

World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

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Military Cross third-level military decoration of the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth officers

The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and other ranks of the British Armed Forces, and formerly awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries.

As for his athletic career, 1920 was his most successful year. [3] At the 1920 Olympics, held in Antwerp, Rudd won three medals, one of each colour. In the 400 m, he won the gold medal, in a clear victory over Britain's Guy Butler. He added a silver medal in the 4 x 400 m relay with the South African team, and finished third in the 800 m. In addition to his Olympic successes, Rudd became the British champion over 440 yd (402 m) and 880 yd (805 m), and was named best athlete of the year in Great Britain. In 1921, he broke the 440 yd (402 m) World Record.

Antwerp Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

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Guy Butler (athlete) athletics competitor

Guy Montagu Butler was a British sprinter, winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1920 Summer Olympics. With four Olympic medals Guy Butler shares the British record for the number of medals in athletics with Sebastian Coe and Mo Farah.

Rudd completed his studies in England, and returned to South Africa, working as a sports journalist.

He married Ursula Mary Knight, daughter of Clifford Hume Knight the Italian Consul to Cape Town, in 1926; they had at least two sons: Bevil John Blyth Rudd and Clifford Robin David Rudd, the South African Cricketer.

Clifford Robin David Rudd was a South African cricketer. Rudd was a right-handed batsman.

In 1930, he became an editor for the Daily Telegraph , a position he held until after the Second World War. Shortly after his return to South Africa, he died there at age 53. [4]

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  3. "The Olympic Games" . Edinburgh Evening News (18507). 30 July 1932. p. 6 colA. Retrieved 3 February 2016 via British Newspaper Archive.
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