Tom Hampson

By Pauline Maryan

Tom Hampson at the 1932 Olympics
Stevenage Museum P13223

Tom Hampson at the presentation ceremony at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, having won the gold medal in the 200 metres.

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  • Winnie Hampton, Tom’s wife, told me so proudly that she made the shorts that Tom wore when he ran and won that Olympic gold.

    Dear Winnie.

    By Enid Newman (14/10/2022)
  • No way Tommy could have been the pacer for Roger Bannister has he was long retired from athletics. Tommy won gold in 1932. The sub-4 was in 1956.

    I would like to track the whereabouts of his medals and spikes that his widow Winnie once showed me. There is an exhibition of sports memorabilia at Stevenage museum from July 2 2022 and they would make fantastic centrepieces.

    [If you can help Paul locate these memorabilia, please email mentioning this comment and the title of the post and we will be happy to put you in contact. Ed.]

    By Paul Fry (28/03/2022)
  • Tommy Hampson was my mothers cousin. I was at the 880m final of the 1948 London Games when his record was broken. I also would be interested to have contact with Fiona and Rosemary (see previous comment)

    By Anthony Freeman (05/04/2013)
  • Tom Hampson was my father-in-law, He has another daughter -in-law in Congresbury, Bristol, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. My daughter Kate Hampson is going to the final of the 800 metres in London with her husband and children. I would be interested to have contact with Fiona, (see previous comment)

    By Rosemary Hampson (25/07/2012)
  • Thomas Hampson is my great great uncle on my dads side of the family. There might be another ‘great’ in there but I’m not sure how many generations back he was 🙂

    By Fiona (12/07/2012)
  • According to the list of winners in the 1932 Olympics, Thomas Hampson actually won the 800m not the 200m. His time was 1:49.7, two tenths of a second ahead of the Canadian Alexander Wilson in second place with the Canadian Philip Edwards in third.

    By Geoff Cordingley (15/03/2012)
  • Yes, the park was named after Tom Hampson, who was Social Relations Officer for Stevenage Development Corporation between 1954 and 1965. Not sure about the 1 minute mile!!

    By Pauline Maryan (22/08/2011)
  • My pottery teacher at Martins Wood juniors was his wife. I’m sure that the Park was named after him “Hampson Park” ? She also told the story that her husband ran the first 1 minute mile as a pacer for Roger Bannister.

    By Phil Lean (14/08/2011)