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Norman Read, Melbourne, 1956

Norman Read, Melbourne, 1956

Norman Read crosses the line to win gold in the 50-kilometre road walk. The New Zealand selectors had taken some convincing that Read was good enough for the Olympic team. He only persuaded them of his worth by competing in and winning the Australian Olympic walking trial two months before the games.

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Joseph Romanos, 'Olympic and Commonwealth games - Athletic achievements at the Olympics – 1950s and early 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jun 2023