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Norman Read

Norman Read
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  New Zealand
Olympic Games
1956 Melbourne 50 kilometre walk
Commonwealth Games
1966 Kingston 20 mile walk

Norman Richard Read (13 August 1931 – 22 May 1994) was a New Zealand racewalker.[1]

Born in Portsmouth, England,[2] Read emigrated to New Zealand in 1953. The self-proclaimed "Pommie-Kiwi" competed for New Zealand in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 50 kilometre walk where he won the gold medal. He was not originally selected, but (with Bill Baillie) went to Australia. Read won the Australian 50 km championship, and was then selected.

Read also competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, finishing fifth in the 20 kilometre walk but not finishing the 50 kilometre walk, and also at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, winning a Bronze medal in the 20 mile road walk.

Read died of a heart attack during a veteran's bike race in Pirongia, Waikato.

External links

  1. ^ Heidenstrøm, P. N. "Norman Richard Read".  
  2. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/re/norman-read-1.html
  • Biography at New Zealand Olympic Committee website
  • sports-reference
  • Photo of Read winning at the 1956 Olympics



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