Today on OA Stories and as part of our Olympics edit Trevor Llewelyn interviewed the three time Olympian and an inspiration for his own athletics career, Rev Tom Farrell. Tom was the College Chaplain from 1974 through to 1981.
Tom was a Harrier when he first represented Great Britain in Melbourne 1956 as a 400m hurdler. He then went to Rome in 1960 running the 800m and reaching the quarter-finals. His reasoning for the switch was admirably honest.
"The Olympic 400m hurdles will be won in about 49.2 seconds," he said.
"Which means that to come near that you have to be able to run a quarter of a mile in 46 seconds. I cannot do that."
In addition to his appearances at the Olympics, Tom represented England in the 440 yards hurdles at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and in 1960 set a British record of 51.0 seconds at the White City in an international match against Italy.
Tom then went to his third Olympic Games in Munich 1972, this time as one of a team of eight chaplains to be on hand to offer spiritual advice to competitors.
Tom has recently published a book tracing his extraordinary journey as an amateur athlete and three Olympic Games.
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