By occupation Bennett was engine driver. Sportily it was one of the Top athletes on the medium ranges of its time. Thus it won ready 1897 the AAA - championships over 4 miles and the title in the CROSS Country in the years 1899 and 1900. In the year 1900 it won also the British championships over a mile and qualified themselves thereby for the coming Olympiad.
II. Olympic summer games 1900 in Paris it won the gold medal in the 1500-Meter-Lauf, before the Frenchman Henri Deloge (silver) and the American John Bray (bronze). It terminated this run with a time of 4:06,0 minutes, which meant a new world record. In the further process of the plays it won in the common British-Australian team further gold medal in the 5000-Meter-Mannschaftslauf, together with his team colleagues John Rimmer, Sydney Robinson, Alfred Tysoe and Stanley a Rowley, before the common team from France and the USA (silver). To the conclusion it won still the silver medal in the 4000-Meter-Hindernislauf, between the two other British John Rimmer (gold) and Sidney Robinson (bronze).
1896: Edwin Flack | 1900: Charles Bennett | 1904: James Lightbody | 1908: Melvin Sheppard | 1912: Arnold Jackson | 1920: Albert Hill | 1924: Paavo Nurmi | 1928: Harry Larva | 1932: Luigi Beccali | 1936: John Lovelock | 1948: Henry Eriksson | 1952: Josy Barthel | 1956: Ronald Delany | 1960: Harsh Elliott | 1964: Peter Snell | 1968: Kipchoge Keino | 1972: Pekka Vasala | 1976: John Walker | 1980: Sebastian Coe | 1984: Sebastian Coe | 1988: Peter Rono | 1992: Fermin Cacho | 1996: Noureddine Morceli | 2000: Noah Ngeny | 2004: Hicham El Guerrouj
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||British athlete and olympia winner|
|DATE OF BIRTH||28. December 1870|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Shapwick, Dorset|
|DYING DATE||9. March 1949|