Norman Read

New Zealand Olympian: 111

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Norman Read, the 1956 Olympic 50km walk gold medallist, was one of New Zealand's least-acclaimed Olympic athletics champions. The ever-smiling Read, whose sudden death in 1994 was such a shock (he was Athletics New Zealand president at the time), has never received the recognition his feat deserved.

Perhaps it's because walking isn't the most fashionable track and field discipline. Or because Read was relatively unknown to New Zealanders in 1956 - he'd emigrated from England in 1953.

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