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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Brian Shenton
Brian Shenton (15 March 1927–9 May 1987) was a sprinter born in Doncaster and a fully-fledged member of the Doncaster Plant Works Athletic Club.
Brian won the gold medal at the 1950 European Athletics Championships in Brussels, Belgium in the men's 200 metres in a time of 21.5s as part of the British team that first topped the medal table with a medal count that would not be matched for a further 40 years.
Representing England he won the silver medal at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the 4x110 yard relay. His breakthrough year culminated with a place at the European Championships as a replacement - he was described as the "boy from nowhere". He set a new personal best in the semi-finals of 21.6s, and in the final he beat off the challenge of Étienne Bally.
Brian also represented Great Britain in the men's 200 metres and men's 4x100 metres relay at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics.
He also won an individual silver medal in the 220 yard dash at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.
He won the silver medal at the 1954 European Championships in Berne, Switzerland in the men's 4x100 metres relay alongside George Ellis, Kenneth Jones and Kenneth Box.
In 1957 Brian Shenton was timed as having set the English 100 yards native record in a time of 9.7 seconds in Manchester. However, this was controversially disallowed following a ruling that he had had a "flier". Shenton appealed and received a personal hearing at the AAA.
He later having a successful career in the City and reaching the position of Chairman of Noble Lowndes. He died in a car crash soon after retirement.
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