Ken Matthews

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Ken Matthews

Ken Matthews (actually: Kenneth Joseph Matthews ; born June 21, 1934 in Birmingham ; † June 2, 2019 in Wrexham ) was a British walker and Olympic champion .

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.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mari Jones: Tributes paid to Olympic gold medalist who died in Wrexham. Report on of June 4, 2019. Accessed June 4, 2019.