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Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd

South African athlete Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd was born on October 5, 1894. At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, he won a gold medal in the 400-meter dash.

Rudd was born in Kimberley, into a family closely involved with the De Beers diamond mining company. At school, 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.

As for his athletic career, 1920 was his most successful year. 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.

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



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