• Short Summary

    Showjumper Sir Harry Llewellyn, who secured Britain's
    only gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, has died aged
    88, his family announced on Monday.

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    Showjumper Sir Harry Llewellyn, who secured Britain's
    only gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, has died aged
    88, his family announced on Monday.

    Sir Harry was an amateur steeplechase jockey who
    finished second in the 1936 Grand National at Aintree but will
    be chiefly remembered for keeping an ice-cool nerve to clinch
    the team showjumping gold for Britain.

    Riding Foxhunter, a horse bred in Norfolk for hunting, the
    lieutenant-colonel needed a clear round to win the last event
    of the Games.

    They were faultless and added gold at last to Britain's
    tally of two silver and eight bronze medals from the Games.

    The other team members were Wilfred White and Douglas Stewart.

    Sir Harry, who was knighted in 1977 for his services to
    Welsh business, also won a team bronze at the 1948 London
    Olympics, again with Foxhunter.The pair won 78 international
    events.The horse died in 1959, aged 19.

    During the war, Sir Harry saw action in Italy and Normandy
    and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Field
    Marshal Montgomery for working as his liaison officer.

    He was chairman of the Sports Council of Wales from 1971
    to 1981.

    His sons Dai and Roddy are well-known society figures in
    Britain, the latter romantically-linked with Princess Margaret
    during the late 1970s.


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    Film ID:
    VLVAZULPX5LVA5LS5NVFZNB8VV8B
    Media URN:
    VLVAZULPX5LVA5LS5NVFZNB8VV8B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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