In the early 2000s a national newspaper ran a readers' poll seeking the most memorable television moment in New Zealand sports history. Dick Tayler's 10,000m victory at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games was an overwhelming winner.

That moment had everything. It was unexpected - the three Englishmen, including world record-holder David Bedford, and the three Kenyans were the favourites. It was on a big stage - the first day of athletics at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games was a truly international occasion. It was televised live and, a bonus, it was one of the first coloured transmissions in New Zealand.

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Dick's Games History