Paul Nihill

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Paul Nihill
Paul Nihill, Abdon Pamich, Ingvar Pettersson 1964.jpg
Paul Nihill (left) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 5 September 1939 (1939-09-05) (age 78)
Colchester, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Race walking
Club Surrey Walking Club
Croydon and Medway
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1:24:50 (20 km, 1972)
4:11:31 (50 km, 1964)

Vincent Paul Nihill (born 5 September 1939) is a retired British race walker. He competed in the 50 km event at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics and won a silver medal in 1964. In 1968 he suffered from the high altitude conditions of Mexico and collapsed at the 44th kilometre,[1] which was his only defeat in 86 races between 1967 and 1970. After that he focused on the 20 km distance, and won a European title in this event in 1969, followed by a bronze medal in 1971. In July 1972 he set a world record in the 20 km, but finished only sixth at the 1972 Olympics. He also competed in the 20 km walk in the 1976 Olympics, before retiring the following year.[2]


Preceded by
Gennadi Agapov
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
30 July 1972 – 30 May 1976
Succeeded by
Daniel Bautista