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Alex Oakley

Full name: Alexander Harold "Alex" Oakley
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: April 26, 1926 in Saint John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Died: October 24, 2010 in [unknown], Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Affiliations: Gladstone AC, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Canadian Alex Oakley moved from Saint John's, Newfoundland to Ontario to pursue a career with General Motors and found himself walking several miles each day to check inventory around the plant. He soon took up racewalking and was talented enough to earn a place among Canada's athletic delegation to the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the 20km walk. This catalyzed a lifelong career in international athletics, which included participation at four more Summer Olympics (1960, 1964, 1972, and 1976) at the 20 and 50km distances and numerous appearances at Commonwealth and Pan American Games, as well as Masters' Tournaments later in life. Perhaps his most notable success was his gold medal victory in the 20km walk at the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo. When new qualification rules were introduced by his home country, he nearly didn't make his fifth and final Olympic appearance, but was granted a spot on the team after protests that the standards were too stringent. He did, however, lower his age by anywhere from 1-3 years in interviews that year, fearing that people would not accept a 50 year-old athlete on an Olympic squad. He is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador and Oshawa Sports Halls of Fame.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-34:11t (1962); 50kmW – 4-26:59 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Canada CAN AC DQ
1960 Summer 34 Roma Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Canada CAN 9
1960 Summer 34 Roma Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Canada CAN 6
1964 Summer 38 Tokyo Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Canada CAN AC DNF
1964 Summer 38 Tokyo Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Canada CAN 14
1972 Summer 46 München Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Canada CAN 21
1976 Summer 50 Montréal Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Canada CAN 35

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics Canada Final Standings AC DQ
1960 Summer 34 Roma Athletics Canada Final Standings 9 1-38:46.0
1964 Summer 38 Tokyo Athletics Canada Final Standings AC DNF
1976 Summer 50 Montréal Athletics Canada Final Standings 35 1-44:08.8

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 34 Roma Athletics Canada Final Standings 6 4-33:08.6
1964 Summer 38 Tokyo Athletics Canada Final Standings 14 4-27:24.6
1972 Summer 46 München Athletics Canada Final Standings 21 4-28:42.6
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