John Davies (athlete)

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John Davies
John Davies 1964.jpg
John Davies at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 25 May 1938
London, England
Died 21 July 2003 (aged 65)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m
Club Wakaito
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 3:39.6 (1964)

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).[1]

Biography[edit]

Davies was born in London, England, to Welsh parents, and in 1953 moved to New Zealand with his family. 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d John Davies. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Olympic idealist". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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