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Finest Athlete

C.B. Fry

If he was any more of an all rounder, he’d be spherical.

C.B. Fry

Hear more about C.B. Fry's extraordinary sporting achievements:

Charles Burgess Fry only lived in Oxfordshire for the four years he studied at Wadham College Oxford, but during that time he achieved greater things in the sporting field than anyone who attended the University.  Fry was awarded a ‘triple blue’ every year he was at Oxford;  in that he represented the University at three events.  In his third year he was president of Athletics, captained the University at both football and cricket, and scored a century against Cambridge in the ‘Varsity match at Lord’s.

C.B. Fry
C.B. Fry

An extraordinary natural athlete, Fry broke the English record for the long jump in his first year at Oxford and won his first England football cap.  In his second year he equalled the world long jump record of 23 feet 6 ½ inches. 

After leaving Oxford, Fry enjoyed a successful career with the England cricket team.  In 26 tests, he scored 1223 runs at an average of 32.18, and never lost a test as captain.  He also represented Oxford and the Barbarians at Rugby and played in an FA Cup Final for Southampton.

Outside of sport, Fry represented India at the League of Nations, almost become Liberal MP, was offered the role of king of Albania and became one of the first celebrity journalists, writing several books on cricket.

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