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Lionel Cox

Full name: Lionel Malvyne Cox
Gender: Male
Born: January 26, 1930 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died: March 9, 2010 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Marrickville Cycling Club, Marrickville (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Lionel Cox began competitive cycling at the age of fifteen and soon displayed his prestigious talent by winning every race he contested as a junior. In 1948, his first year as a senior, he became state champion of New South Wales in the sprint and placed second in the national mile championship. Over the next few years he development a rivalry with Russell Mockridge and the two men regularly vied for the honour of being Australia’s top sprinter. A defeat to Mockridge in the Australian championships appeared to cost Cox a place at the Helsinki Olympics but a fine run of form gave him a berth to Finland where he would compete in both the sprint and the tandem events. Despite having no experience in the event Cox was paired with Mockridge on a borrowed tandem and immediately forged a partnership that dominated the event and they defeated the favoured South African to win the gold medal. In the individual sprint he reached the final only to be beaten by the world champion Enzo Sacchi.

He rode at the major European races in 1953 and 1954 and placed fourth at the 1954 World Championships. In that same year of 1954 he represented Australia at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver in both the time trial, where he finished eleventh, and the sprint. He reached the final of the sprint but was controversially disqualified and the silver medal was withheld from him. Despite failing to reach the Australian team for the Melbourne Games he continued to compete and reached his last national championship final in 1963. Cox retired from competition after breaking a vertebrae in his neck but continued his connection with the sport by coaching youngsters for over thirty years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Men's Sprint Australia AUS 2 Silver
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres Australia AUS 1 Gold

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia Final Round Match 1/2 2
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 11.6
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 12.5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia Round One Heat One 1 QU 11.9

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia AUS Final Round Match 1/2 1 11.0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia AUS Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia AUS Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 11.1
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Cycling Australia AUS Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 11.4