Posted by Archives at 10/07/2012 14:43:06
As we look forward to the 2012 London Olympics, Nottinghamshire Archives has uncovered the dramatic story of Olympian Jack Archer in the scrapbooks of High Pavement School (S/BX/282/28/1).
Archer, a former pupil at the school, was an international sprinter who represented Great Britain in the 400m relay at the London Olympics in 1948. During the race the US team was adjudged to have run outside their lane and disqualified, so Great Britain was awarded the Gold Medal. This would have been Great Britain’s only Athletics Gold of the games. However, the following day the US were reinstated as the winners and Jack Archer and his team mates had to hand over their medals to the Americans, receiving the Silver from the Italians.
Pictured here is Jack Archer in his Olympic vest.