Roy Williams (athlete)

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Roy Williams
MNZM
Personal information
Birth name Roy Alfred Williams
Born (1934-09-09) 9 September 1934 (age 82)
Relatives Yvette Williams (sister)
Sport
Country New Zealand
Sport Track and field
Achievements and titles
National finals Decathlon champion (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970)
120 yds hurdles champion (1965)
Long jump champion (1958)
Discus champion (1956)

Roy Alfred Williams MNZM (born 9 September 1934) is a former track and field athlete from New Zealand, who won gold in the decathlon at the 1966 Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, but was overlooked for the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games (in 1964 he was in training in California, and was not seen by the selectors).

He also competed in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games at Cardiff in the long jump and triple jump, and in the 1970 British Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh in the decathlon.

He won the national decathlon title 11 times between 1956 and 1970, as well as the 120 yards hurdles title in 1965, the long jump title in 1958 and the discus title in 1956.[1]

He is a (younger) brother of Yvette Williams.

He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. In the 2002 New Year Honours Williams was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollings, Stephen (December 2015). "National champions 1887–2015" (PDF). Athletics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 22 October 2016.