Bevil Rudd

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Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd
Bevil Rudd 1920.jpg
Personal information
Born(1894-10-05)5 October 1894
Kimberley, Northern Cape
Died2 February 1948(1948-02-02) (aged 53)
South Africa
Updated on 3 February 2016.
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  South Africa
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp 400 metres
Silver medal – second place 1920 Antwerp 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1920 Antwerp 800 metres

Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd (5 October 1894 – 2 February 1948) was a South African athlete, the 1920 Olympic Champion in the 400 metres.

Rudd was born in Kimberley. He was the son of Henry Percy Rudd and Mable Mina Blyth; paternal grandson of Charles Rudd, who co-founded the De Beers diamond mining company, and Frances Chiappini and maternal grandson of Captain Matthew Smith Blyth CMG, chief magistrate of the Transkei, and Elizabeth Cornelia Philpott.

During his schooling at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown (Upper House)[1] he excelled both as a student and as an athlete, and he was granted a scholarship for Oxford University. Rudd served in the First World War, and was awarded a Military Cross for bravery.[2]

Rudd completed his studies in England, and returned to South Africa, working as a sports journalist.

He married Ursula Mary Knight, daughter of Clifford Hume Knight the Italian Consul to Cape Town, in 1926; they had at least two sons: Bevil John Blyth Rudd and Clifford Robin David Rudd, the South African Cricketer.

In 1930, he became an editor for the Daily Telegraph, a position he held until after the Second World War. Shortly after his return to South Africa, he died there at age 53.[3]


  1. ^ Poland, Marguerite (2008). The Boy in You: A Biography of St. Andrew's College, 1855-2005. Fernwood Press. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-874950-86-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "No. 30801". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 July 1918. p. 8471.
  3. ^ "Bevil Gordon D'Urban Rudd". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2016.