John Davies (middle-distance runner)
John Davies at the 1964 Olympics
|Born||25 May 1938
|Died||21 July 2003 (aged 65)
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||1500 m – 3:39.6 (1964)|
Davies was born in London, England, to Welsh parents, and in 1953 moved to New Zealand with his family. The family settled in Tokoroa. He 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.
Davies retired due to long-term injuries, and after that coached middle and long distance athletes, including 1976 Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Dick Quax, 1992 Olympic Marathon bronze medallist Lorraine Moller and 1996 Olympic 800 m finalist Toni Hodgkinson. He also contributed to sport as administrator and television commentator.
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 of melanoma.
- John Davies Archived 1 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
- Maddaford, Terry (25 July 2003). "Obituary: John Davies". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "NZ Olympic boss Davies dies". The New Zealand Herald. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Olympic idealist". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- Page with Photo at Sporting Heroes
- New Zealand Olympic Committee announcement of his death
- Biography at New Zealand Olympic Committee website[permanent dead link]
- New Zealand Herald report on his death
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