Winners: Robert (Scotty) Rankine, Athletics

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Robert Rankine running

Robert Rankine running on a track.
Date: 1940-1959
Collection: ©Waterloo Region Museum, Region of Waterloo

1935 - Feature Story

Early winners of Canadian male athlete of the year honours reflected a golden age of long distance running in Canada. Rankine, of Preston, Ontario, earned a Silver medal in the six-mile race and finished fourth in the three-mile event at the 1934 British Empire Games in London. The 1935 recognition of Robert Rankine marked yet another laurel for a distance runner.  He continued his impressive distance running exploits by going undefeated in all of his races from five to 15 miles. He also won his second consecutive Canadian 10-mile championship, and then defeated the top American distance runners for the third straight time by setting a course record at the prestigious Berwick Modified Marathon. News reports note he then quit running for the rest of the season to undergo a hernia operation. Rankine went on to win a Silver medal in the men’s six-mile race and a Bronze medal in the men’s three-mile race at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney.

Career Highlights

  • 1938 Silver medal in the 6 mile and Bronze in the 3 mile athletics events at the British Empire Games in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935 Lionel Conacher Award (Canada’s male athlete of the year)
  • 1935 Rankine went undefeated in all races from five to 15 miles
  • 1935 Rankine set the course record in the Berwick Modified Marathon in Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Silver medal in the 6 mile athletics event at the British Empire Games in London, England
Photograph of Robert Rankine

Portrait of Robert Rankine.
Date: 1937
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

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