Norman Read

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Norman Read
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  New Zealand
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne 50 kilometre walk
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Kingston 20 mile walk

Norman Richard Read (13 August 1931 – 22 May 1994) was a New Zealand racewalker.[1]

Born in Portsmouth, England,[2] Read emigrated to New Zealand in 1953. The self-proclaimed "Pommie-Kiwi" competed for New Zealand in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 50 kilometre walk where he won the gold medal. He was not originally selected, but (with Bill Baillie) went to Australia. Read won the Australian 50 km championship, and was then selected.

Read also competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, finishing fifth in the 20 kilometre walk but not finishing the 50 kilometre walk, and also at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, winning a Bronze medal in the 20 mile road walk.

Read died of a heart attack during a veteran's bike race in Pirongia, Waikato.

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