Matthews won the gold medal in the 20 km walk at the European Championships in Belgrade in 1962 . With this victory, he went into the race as the clear favorite at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo . He won the race in a time of 1:29:34 hours with a lead of 1:39 minutes on the runner-up, the German Dieter Lindner . Third place went to Volodymyr Holubnytschyj from the Soviet Union . Matthews also set an Olympic record during this time.
In the following years he held the unofficial world record over 5 miles with a time of 34:21 min and over 10 miles, as well as every British record over 5 miles. From 1959 to 1964 he won every RWA title over 10 miles in a row. A victory at the Commonwealth Games was denied him, as this discipline was not played during his playing days.
- Mari Jones: Tributes paid to Olympic gold medalist who died in Wrexham. Report on dailypost.co.uk of June 4, 2019. Accessed June 4, 2019.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Matthews, Kenneth Joseph|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British walker and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 21, 1934|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Birmingham|
|DATE OF DEATH||2nd June 2019|
|Place of death||Wrexham|