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WWII 'thwart Olympic medal hopes' for Sussex airman

An athlete who competed in the 1948 London Games has said the outbreak of World War II thwarted his hopes of winning a medal.

Bill Lucas, 95, from Cowfold, West Sussex, was a 5,000m runner.

He was on course to win a medal in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, but both events were cancelled due to the war.

Mr Lucas served with RAF Bomber Command, flew 80 missions over Germany, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.

  • 16 Jan 2013
  • From the section Sussex