Full name: Norman Richard Read
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: New Zealand
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
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. Read died from a heart attack during a masters bike race at Pirongia Mountain, just south of Hamilton.
Personal Bests: 20kmW â 1-33:54 (1961); 50kmW â 4-21:23 (1960).
|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|
|1960 Summer||29||Roma||Athletics||New Zealand||Final Standings||5||1-36:59.0|
|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|