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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 138. Not illustrated. Chapters: David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter. Excerpt: David George Brownlow Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter KCMG (9 February 1905 22 October 1981), styled Lord Burghley before 1956 and also known as David Burghley, was an English athlete, sports official and Conservative politician. He won the gold medal in the 400 m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Born near Stamford, Lincolnshire as heir to the 5th Marquess of Exeter, Lord Burghley was educated at Eton College, Institut Le Rosey, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. A notable runner at school and at Cambridge, he continued with his athletics and won the British AAA championships in 120 yd from 1929 to 1931 and the 440 yd (402m) hurdles from 1926 to 1928, and again in 1930 and 1932. Burghley made his Olympics debut in Paris in 1924, when he was eliminated in the first round of the 110 metre hurdles event. At the 1928 Summer Olympics, Burghley was eliminated in the semi final of the 110 metre hurdles competition, but won the 400 m hurdles, beating second and third placed Americans Frank Cuhel and Morgan Taylor by 0.2 seconds. At the first Commonwealth Games in 1930, Burghley won both hurdling events and also was a member of gold medal winning British 4 x 440 yards relay team. In 1931 Burghley was elected as Member of Parliament for Peterborough. He was granted a leave of absence to compete in the 1932 Summer Olympics, where he placed fourth in the 400 m hurdles event, fifth in the 110 m hurdles competition, and won a silver medal as a member of British 4×400 m relay team. As an athlete, Burghley was a very keen practitioner who placed matchboxes on hurdles and practised knocking over the matchboxes with his lead foot without touching the hurdle. In 1927, his final year at Magdalene, Cambridge, he amazed colleagues by sprinting around the Great Court at Trin...
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