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Norman Read

Full name: Norman Richard Read
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: August 13, 1931 in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Great Britain
Died: May 22, 1994 in Pirongia, Waikato, New Zealand
Affiliations: West Coast (North Island)
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Norman Read was very nearly not a New Zealander. Read was born in England and arrived in New Zealand in 1953 to quickly establish himself as the leading walker. He sought inclusion in the British team for the Olympics, but they'd already chosen their team so he turned to New Zealand. The New Zealand Olympic and Empire Games Association (as it was then) secretary, George Craig, had to seek clearance from the International Olympic Committee for Read to compete for his adopted country. Read, who had qualified by winning the Australian 50km title, took the lead at the 42km mark in the Games race and strode home a happy and easy winner. Ten years later, he won a bronze medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-33:54 (1961); 50kmW – 4-21:23 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk New Zealand NZL 5
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk New Zealand NZL AC DNF

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics New Zealand Final Standings 5 1-36:59.0

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics New Zealand Final Standings 1 4-30:42.8
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics New Zealand Final Standings AC DNF