David Hemery CBE

David Hemery CBE

David Hemery CBE (1969, Education) 1968 Olympic 400m Hurdles Gold Medallist

Born in the UK in 1944, David moved to the United States with his family where he attended school and graduated from Boston University before coming to St Catherine’s in 1969.

David’s first international title came at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, where he won the 120yd Hurdles and he retained this title at the 1970 edition, by which time the event had been changed to 110m Hurdles.

At the Mexico Olympics in 1968, David set a world record of 48.12 to win over 400m Hurdles, with his more than one second margin of victory over West Germany’s Gerhard Hennige being the largest since 1924. This victory contributed to David being made the 1968 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In 1969, David claimed silver over 110m Hurdles at the European Championships and he claimed bronze at the 1972 Olympics over 400m Hurdles.

David won the inaugural British Superstars in 1973 and took victory again in 1976, being recognised as Britain’s best superstar between 1973 and 1977.

After his running career, Hemery worked as a coach in the United States and Great Britain. In 1969 he was made a CBE. For a period in the 1970s, he taught at Millfield School. In 1998, he was elected as the first president of UK Athletics.