Nigel Barker (sprinter)

Nigel Chase Barker (26 February 1883 – 31 July 1948) was an Australian track and field athlete, who is regarded as holder of Australia's first athletics world record, in the 400 yards, and is an Intercalated Games bronze medalist.[1]

Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Australia
Intercalated Games
Bronze medal – third place 1906 Athens 100 metres
Bronze medal – third place 1906 Athens 400 metres

Barker was born in Sydney and attended Newington College (1895–1901)[2] and the University of Sydney.[3] He is described in the official Olympic history of Australia as "an outstanding all-rounder". He played representative rugby union for New South Wales, and was twice selected for Australia in rugby but was forced to decline on both occasions.[3] In 1904, Barker was selected for the St. Louis Games, but injured an ankle playing rugby.[4]

A public subscription raised the funds for Barker to compete in Athens for the 1906 Intercalated Games,[5] at the games he competed in two events, first up was the 100 metres, in the first round he finished in second place behind American Lawson Robertson,[6] in the semi-finals he finished second again, one yard behind another American William Eaton,[7] in the final, running from lane 2, he finished in third place for the bronze medal behind another two Americans, Archie Hahn and Fay Moulton.[8] On the same day as the 100 metres final, he also competed in the 400 metres, in his first-round heat he won in a time of 53 seconds and qualified for the final,[9] after a couple of days' rest he finished again in bronze medal position behind Paul Pilgrim and James Lightbody.[10]

At the end of his athletic career Barker had won ten National Championship titles from 1903 to 1910.[11]

Since 2012, University of Sydney have awarded out a Nigel C Barker Medal for Sport Achievement.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics Gold". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Retrieved 30 September 2007
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp9
  3. ^ a b Georgakis, Geoffrey Sherington, Steve (2008). Sydney University Sport 1852–2007 : more than a club (1st ed.). Sydney: Sydney University Press. p. 111. ISBN 9781920898915.
  4. ^ Australian Canoeing online Archived 5 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 30 September 2007
  5. ^ Athletics Gold Retrieved 30 September 2007
  6. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Semi-Finals". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Nigel Barker". athhistory.sportstg.com. Australian Athletics Historical Results. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Graduate medals recognise outstanding alumni". sydney.edu.au. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2017.