|Representing New Zealand|
|1956 Melbourne||50 kilometre walk|
|1966 Kingston||20 mile walk|
Born in Portsmouth, England, 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.
- Heidenstrøm, P. N. "Norman Richard Read". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Biography at New Zealand Olympic Committee website
- Photo of Read winning at the 1956 Olympics
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