Norman Gilbert Pritchard
(also known as Norman Trevor
) (June 23, 1877 – October 31, 1929) was an athlete
who went on to star in Hollywood
. He was of British descent and moved to England permanently in 1905.
Pritchard was born in Calcutta
to George Petersen Pritchard and Helen Maynard Pritchard.
Pritchard was the first Indian athlete to participate in the Olympic Games
. He was also the first athlete from India
and first athlete representing an Asian nation to win an Olympic medal. He won two silver medals in the 1900 Summer Olympics
. He came second in the 200 meters behind Walter Tewksbury
of the United States and second in the 200 meters hurdles behind the legendary Alvin Kraenzlein
of the United States. Pritchard set a world record in the second heat of the 100 metre hurdles which was bettered by Kraenzlein in the final. He reached the final of the 110m hurdles where he placed 5th, and participated in 60m and 100m sprint where he failed to qualify for the final.
In 2005 the IAAF
published the official track and field statistics for the 2004 Summer Olympics
. In the historical records section Pritchard was listed as having competed for Great Britain in 1900. Research by Olympic historians has shown that Pritchard was chosen to represent Great Britain after competing in the British AAA championship in June 1900."David Wallechinsky - The Complete Book of the......