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Cecil Matthews

Full name: Cecil Henry Matthews
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: October 13, 1914 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Died: November 8, 1987 in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations: Canterbury
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Athletics


Cecil Matthews competed in the 5,000 metres in Berlin in 1936 but failed to qualify for the final. He received guidance from New Zealand's 1,500 metres winner, Jack Lovelock, and two years later won the three- and six-miles at the Empire Games in Sydney. Matthews recalled years later that he owed his success in Sydney, where newspapers dubbed him the "Nurmi of the Empire", to Lovelock. His second gold medal in Sydney was the only six-mile race of his career. Matthews carried back to New Zealand the potted oak Lovelock received for his Berlin win and the tree continues to flourish at Lovelock's old school, Timaru Boys’ High School.

Personal Bests: 3 miles – 13:59.6 (1938); 5000 – unknown; 6 miles – 30:14.5 (1938).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics Men's 5,000 metres New Zealand NZL 8 h3 r1/2

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics New Zealand Round One Heat Three 8
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