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Douglas Gordon Arthur Lowe (7 August 190230 March 1981) was a Britishmarker athlete, a double winner of 800 m at the Olympic Games.

Born in Manchestermarker, Douglas Lowe attended Harrowmarker and Highgate Schoolmarker and excelled immediately as a middle distance runner, winning the Public Schools' 880 yd (805 m) title in 1920. Later, at Pembroke College, Cambridgemarker, where he studied law, he played football and won the 880 yd (805 m) against Oxfordmarker in 1922 and 1923, and both the mile (1609 m) and the quarter-mile (402 m) race against them in 1924.

In the 1924 Summer Olympics in Parismarker, Lowe won the gold medal in a new European record time of 1:52.4, beating the British favourite, Henry Stallard, who had suffered a leg injury.

Lowe was a British champion in 440 yd (402 m) and 880 yd (805 m) in 1927 and 1928. In Amsterdam at the Olympic Games Lowe won 800 m in a personal best performance at 1:51.8, a full second ahead of any of the world class competitors in the race.

Lowe retired from athletics at the end of the 1928 season and took up law at the Inner Templemarker in Londonmarker. He became Secretary of the Amateur Athletics Association from 1931 to 1938. He was made a judge in 1964 after a distinguished legal career, and was made Recorder at the Crown Court.

Douglas Lowe died in Cranbrook, Kentmarker.


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