Lynn Davies

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Lynn Davies
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1942-05-20) 20 May 1942 (age 71)
Nantymoel, Wales

Lynn Davies CBE (born 20 May 1942) is a Welsh former track and field athlete who specialised in the long jump. He was the 1964 Olympic champion in the event. He was born in Nantymoel near Bridgend and was a member of the Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club.[1]

He won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump in 1964 (earning himself the nickname "Lynn the Leap") with a leap of 8.07 metres. He finished ninth in 1968, having been flag bearer at the opening ceremony. In 1964 he also competed in the 100 metres and 4x100 metres contests.[1] He was 18th in the long jump at the 1972 Olympics, his selection being something of a surprise at the time.[citation needed]

Outside of the Olympics, he was the 1966 European champion in the long jump and was the silver medallist three years later. He was also twice the Commonwealth Games champion, having won titles in 1966 and 1970 (becoming the first man to win that title two times).

Davies was a two-time winner of the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award, taking the honour in 1964 and 1966. During the 1990s, he was a member of BBC Cymru/Wales' sports department. Davies was created a CBE on 17 June 2006, having previously been an MBE. He was elected unopposed as President of the UK Athletics Members Council for a further four years following the close of nominations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welcome to Cardiff AAC :: Roll of Honour - Gold (50)". Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club website. Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
Awards
Preceded by
Wales Howard Winstone
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1964
Succeeded by
WalesClive Rowlands
Preceded by
Wales Clive Rowlands
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1966
Succeeded by
Wales Howard Winstone