Britain’s Oldest Living Olympian Turns 100 Years Old
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We'd like to wish Bill Lucas, the oldest living British athlete of the 1948 London Olympic Games, a very happy 100th birthday!
A resident of Cowfold, Bill ran the 5,000m at the 1948 Olympic in London after the war ruined his chances in 1940 and subsequently the lost 1944 Games.
The former Belgrave Harrier was a prospect for a gold medal as well as a world record in the 1940 Olympics but World War II ruined his chances in Helsinki.
Bill went on to fly 81 missions as a bomber pilot and was awarded a distinguished flying cross, ahead of competing at the 1948 London Olympics at the age of 32.
He was a special guest at this year’s Sussex Sports Awards where he announced the Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Bill had this to say, "The Olympics today is obviously very different to the Olympics in my day. Regardless of this, if you were an Olympian in my time or an Olympian now, you still have to work hard if you want to achieve great things. Often it's very hard work but you just have to press on."
Thank you to City Cabs for transporting Bill and wife Sheena in style.
Wishing Bill many happy returns on his 100th Birthday!
At this year's Sussex Sports Awards Bill shared his words of wisdom for the young athletes of today.