Canada at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Canada competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. 37 competitors, all men, took part in 30 events in 7 sports.[1]

Canada at the
1912 Summer Olympics
NOCCanadian Olympic Committee (in English) (in French)
in Stockholm
Competitors37 in 7 sports
Flag bearerDuncan Gillis
Ranked 9th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games







One swimmer competed for Canada at the 1912 Games. It was the second time the nation had competed in swimming, after similarly sending one swimmer to the 1908 Summer Olympics. George Hodgson won Canada's first Olympic swimming medals by taking the gold medals in both of his events, setting world records in each as well.

Ranks given for each swimmer are within the heat.

Swimmer Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
George Hodgson 400 m freestyle N/A 5:50.6 1 Q 5:25.4 WR 1 Q 5:24.4 WR
1500 m freestyle N/A 22:23.0 WR 1 Q 22:26.0 1 Q 22:00.0 WR


18 athletes competed for Canada in 1912. It was the country's fourth appearance in athletics, having competed in the sport each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. For the fourth straight time, Canada won exactly one athletics gold medal, this time with George Goulding's victory in the 10 kilometre racewalk. Calvin Bricker and Duncan Gillis added silver medals in the long jump and discus throw, respectively. William Halpenny earned one of the three bronze medals in the pole vault. Frank Lukeman, originally fourth in the pentathlon, received a bronze medal in 1913 when pentathlon winner Jim Thorpe was disqualified; Lukeman retained his upgraded placing even after Thorpe's reinstatement. The 4x100 metre relay team briefly held the Olympic record in that new event, though the team was eliminated in the semifinals.

Ranks given are within that athlete's heat for running events.

Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Harry Beasley 100 m ? 4 Did not advance
200 m ? 4 Did not advance
Calvin Bricker Long jump N/A 7.21 2 7.21
Triple jump N/A 13.25 18 Did not advance
Mel Brock 400 m ? 3 Did not advance
800 m 1:57.0 1 1:55.7 1 1:53.0 5
James Corkery Marathon N/A Did not finish
Alexander Decoteau 5000 m N/A 15:24.2 2 ? 6
Marathon N/A Did not start
James Duffy Marathon N/A 2:42:18.8 5
Édouard Fabre Marathon N/A 2:50:36.2 11
William Forsyth Marathon N/A 2:52:23.0 15
Thomas Gallon 400 m ? 3 Did not advance
Duncan Gillis Discus throw N/A 48.39 2 48.39
Hammer throw N/A 39.01 14 Did not advance
George Goulding Marathon N/A Did not start
10 km walk N/A 47:14.5 1 46:28.4
William Halpenny Pole vault N/A 3.65 1 3.80
John Howard 100 m 11.0 1 ? 6 Did not advance
200 m 25.0 1 ? 3 Did not advance
Joe Keeper 5000 m N/A 15:24.2 2 ? 8-11
10000 m N/A 33:58.8 2 32:36.2 4
Marathon N/A Did not start
Frank Lukeman 100 m ? 2 ? 3 Did not advance
110 m hurdles ? 3 Did not advance
Pentathlon N/A 29
Decathlon N/A 5591.760 15
Arthur Maranda Long jump N/A 5.87 29 Did not advance
Triple jump N/A 12.53 20 Did not advance
Standing long jump N/A 2.98 17 Did not advance
Frank McConnell 100 m ? 3 Did not advance
200 m ? 3 Did not advance
John Tait 800 m ? 2 ? 5 Did not advance
1500 m ? 4 Did not advance
Marathon N/A Did not start
Harry Beasley
John Howard
Frank Lukeman
Frank McConnell
4 × 100 m 46.2 OR 1 43.5 2 Did not advance
Mel Brock
Thomas Gallon
John Howard
John Tait
4 × 400 m N/A 3:22.2 2 Did not advance


Two cyclists represented Canada. It was the second appearance of the nation in cycling, in which Canada had previously competed in 1908. Frank Brown had the best time in the time trial, the only race held, placing 5th. Because Canada had fewer than four cyclists, the nation was not entered in the team time trial event.

Road cycling

Cyclist Events Final
Result Rank
Frank Brown Ind. time trial 11:01:00.0 5
George Watson Ind. time trial 12:52:22.2 78


Two divers, both men, represented Canada. It was Canada's second appearance in diving. Robert Zimmerman, who had previously been Canada's lone diver in 1908, improved upon his prior performance in advancing to the final and placing 5th.

Diver Events Heats Final
Result Rank Result Rank
John P. Lyons 10 m platform Did not finish Did not advance
Plain high dive 32.5 8 Did not advance
Robert Zimmerman 3 m board 76.6 2 q 72.54 5


Ten rowers represented Canada. It was the nation's third appearance in rowing. Butler took one of the bronze medals in the single sculls, giving Canada its fourth rowing bronze medal as the nation continued to seek its first gold in the sport after having won a silver in the eights 1904. The 1912 eights crew, including one member of that silver-winning team from 1904 and three members of the bronze-medal team of 1908, was eliminated in the first round when it lost by half a length to the eventual champions.

(Ranks given are within each crew's heat.)

Rower Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Everard Butler Single sculls 7:45.2 1 Q 7:39.9 1 Q 7:41.0 2 Did not advance ()
Phil Boyd
Becher Gale
Richard Gregory
Albert Kent
Winslow McCleary (cox)
William Murphy
Charles Riddy
Alex Sinclair
Geoffrey Taylor
Eight Unknown 2 Did not advance


Three shooters represented Canada. It was the nation's second appearance in shooting; the 1912 team was much smaller and less successful than the 1908 squad, which had won four medals.

Rower Event Final
Result Rank
William Davies Trap 13 45
Robert Hutcheson Trap 84 17
James Kenyon Trap 13 45


  1. "Canada at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". Retrieved 22 November 2014.
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