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John Davies

Full name: John Llewellyn Davies
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: May 25, 1938 in Chingford, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: July 21, 2003 in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations: Waikato
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


London-born Davies moved to New Zealand with his family in 1953 when he was a teenager. He was one of Arthur Lydiard's "stable" of athletes and finished second to [Peter Snell] in the one mile at the British Empire Games in Perth in 1962 and two years later, was third behind Snell and [Josef Odložil] of Czechoslovakia in the 1500 metres at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Persistent injury cut short Davies' career but he continued as coach, promoter, television commentator and administrator. Among athletes he coached were Olympic bronze medallist marathoners [Mike Ryan] (1968) and [Lorraine Moller] (1992) and world 5000 metres record-breakers [Dick Quax] and [Anne Audain]. Davies and Quax later combined to promote international and corporate athletics meets in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Davies turned his attention to administration, sitting on the board of New Zealand Athletics, and the organization of the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. He was elected president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee in 2000, but his term was cut short by his health. He died of melanoma, aged 65.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:39.6 (1964).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Men's 1,500 metres New Zealand NZL 3 Bronze

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics New Zealand Final 3 3:39.6
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 3:41.9
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics New Zealand Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:45.5
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