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Dave Power

Full name: David William "Dave" Power
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: July 14, 1928 in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
Died: February 1, 2014 in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia
Affiliations: Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club, Melbourne (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Known on the international scene as one of the toughest competitors Australia has ever produced, Dave Power took up athletics while attending Marist Brothers High School in Maitland. Power made his international début at the 1956 Olympics, where he finished seventh in the 10,000 metres. Next he competed at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where he won gold at 6 miles and then another gold in the marathon, battling both heat and heavy traffic and occasional misdirection by officials. At the 1960 Olympics, Power finished fifth in the 5,000 m and then a week later won a bronze in the 10K. Power made his last international appearance at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, where he won silvers in the 6 miles and marathon, again running in a very hot conditions. Domestically Power won 10 Australian titles – in 1960-62 at 3 miles, in 1958-60 and 1962 at 6 miles, and in 1954-57 in cross-country. He also won 15 New South Wales titles between 1952-67 in distances between 3 miles and marathon. Outside of sports, Power worked with National Australia Bank until 1980 when he moved to Sunshine Coast, Queensland where he managed a holiday motel and worked in a real estate agency.

Personal Bests\: 5000 – 13:52.38 (1960); 10000 – 28:37.64 (1960); Mar – 2-22:16 (1962).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 7
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 5
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 3 Bronze

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Australia Final 5 13:51.8 13:52.38
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU 14:03.6 14:03.31

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Athletics Australia Final Standings 7 29:49.2
1960 Summer 32 Roma Athletics Australia Final Standings 3 28:38.2 28:37.65
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