John Davies (athlete)

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John Davies
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Tokyo 1500 metres
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1962 Perth 1 mile

John Llewellyn Davies, MBE (25 May 1938 – 21 July 2003), was a New Zealand Olympic bronze medalist and president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC).


He was born in London, England to Welsh parents and in 1953 he moved to New Zealand with his family.

Davies won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, and a silver medal in the one mile event at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth.

After retiring from competitive running he started coaching middle and long distance athletes, including 1976 Olympic 5000m silver medallist Dick Quax, 1992 Olympic Marathon bronze medallist Lorraine Moller and 1996 Olympic 800m finalist Toni Hodgkinson.

In the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours, Davies was awarded an MBE, for services to athletics.

In October 2000, Davies succeeded Sir David Beattie to become the NZOC president. In 2003 he was awarded the Leonard Cuff medal by the International Olympic Academy for promoting olympism, only weeks before he died.[1]


  1. ^ "Olympic idealist". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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