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Christopher Walkden

Full name: Christopher Charles Walkden
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: April 18, 1938 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Great Britain
Died: July 28, 2011
Affiliations: Beckenham SC, Beckenham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Christopher Walkden was a breaststroke specialist who competed at the 1956 Olympics, the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and, after a brief retirement, the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

The highlights of his career were the two bronze medals, one individual and one relay, he won at those 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. A Scotsman by birth he was raised in England and represented his adopted country at those Games.

Walkden later founded a printing company, trained young swimmers at his Beckenham club and was chairman of the Kent County Swimming Association until his death from prostate cancer in 2011.

Christopher Walkden had the following podium finishes at major championships: 3rd in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 220 yards Backstroke, 3rd in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 4×110 yards Medley Relay (with Graham Sykes, Graham Symonds, and Neil McKechnie). In the British Empire and Commonwealth Games Walkden competed for England.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Great Britain GBR 5 h3 r1/2
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Great Britain GBR 7 h1 r2/3
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Great Britain GBR 7

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 5 2:47.1
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 7 2:41.7
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 3 QU 2:41.5

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 7 4:17.6 1:12.4 2:16.0
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 4 QU 4:16.8 1:13.1 2:17.0
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