Uploaded on May 24, 2009
Hammer throwing - Mr Malcolm C Nokes (achilles club & oxford)
vintage16mm film footage
english champion for 4 years
NOKES, Malcolm Cuthbert
20.5.1897-22.11.1986 Magdalen College OUAC, Achilles
PB: 52.76 (1923)
Malcolm Nokes was Britain's top hammer thrower in the inter-war years. Nokes is the only English hammer thrower ever to win an Olympic medal, placing third in 1924 with 48.87 and his UKR of 52.76/173'1, when winning against France by nearly 50 ft, lasted for 24 years. He also won against France in 1926 and 1927. His English Native record of 52.43 (set in 1923) stood for 28 years.
Nokes earned a Military Cross in World War I (awarded on 29 August 1917 to 2nd Lt M C Nokes of the Royal Garrison Artillery) for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed splendid fearlessness and promptitude in extinguishing a burning ammunition dump entirely unassisted, collecting water from shell holes in order to do so. His presence of mind saved a large amount of ammunition. Nokes served in the trenches and then as an observer in the Royal Flying Corps.
After the war Nokes went to Magdalen College Oxford to study chemistry. He won a Blue for water polo in 1919. He contested shot events that year (winning one event v Merton in December at 3111½), but not hammer until 1920, when