Great Olympians

Biographies - TEW

Lewis Tewanima

Olympic Competitor nr 4539

John Walter Beardsley Tewksbury

B. 1876-03-21, Ashley, Pa., USA; D. 1968-04-25, Tunkhannock, Pa.
Track and Field (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
1900 HP
60 m silver 4000
100 m silver 4000
200 m gold 6400
200 m Hurdles bronze 2560
400 m Hurdles gold 6400

He brought the ability of a top-class sprinter to the rather underdeveloped 400-metres hurdles, previously tought of as a European speciality.
After graduating from University in 1899 as a dentist, he returned to Pennsylvania and would never have been heard of again, but for a piece of coincidence. The US Olympic coach visited Tunckhannock in search of early american glassware, of which the Tewksburies had a large collection.
He was unable to find a hurdles stretch near his home town so he trained in the cemetary, hurdling over gravestones.
He would practice dentistry until 1946 and visited the Roma Olympics as a tourist, aged 84.

Olympic Competitor nr 814

Andreas Tews

B. 1968-09-11, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, represented the German DR in 1988
Boxing (1 gold, 1 silver)
1988 1992 HP
Flyweight silver 15600
Featherweight gold

Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2011-09-16

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