Harold Allan Wilson
(January 21, 1885 – 1916) was an English athlete
. Born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire
, England, he won the silver medal
in the men's 1500 metres
race at the 1908 Summer Olympics
, competing on the Great Britain and Ireland
team. He was a member of the Hallamshire Harriers and the Irish American Athletic Club
He was the first man to run a sub four minute 1,500m, with a time of 3:59.8 in 1905.
In the 1908 Olympic Games
Wilson won his semifinal in the 1500 with a time of 4:11.4; his time in the final was 4:03.6, fractions of a second behind America's premier runner of the day, Melvin Sheppard
of the Irish American Athletic Club
, with a time of 4:03.4. "Wilson won a trial heat in fast time, but in the final had to bow to the superior speed of America's premier runner, Melvin Sheppard
, and in this event forced him to break the record for the distance to win."
The following year, Wilson was in Queens, New York
, competing alongside Sheppard wearing the Winged Fist of the Irish American Athletic Club
. He competed in the U.S. during the 1909 outdoor season, and was considered one of the best mile runners in competition. In 1909 he turned professional and met with a certain amount of success in Canada and South Africa.
He died in France in 1916.