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Roy Williams
Inducted in 1990
Roy Williams had a distinguished athletics career of nearly 20 years, during which he won the national decathlon title 11 times between 1956 and 1970.
Sporting Category:
  • Athletics
He was desperately unlucky not to compete for New Zealand at an Olympics and went closest in 1964 when he was omitted from the team for Tokyo only because he was training in California and not seen by the selectors.

No one else questioned his ability and temperament for the big time though and he proved two years after Tokyo when he won the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston.

He won it in punishing circumstances too, the second day of the event stretching out to eight hours and the medals came down to the final event, the 1500 metres.

Williams had to stay within 200 metres of Welshman Clive Longe to win. And he did.

He a​​nd Yvette Williams are brother and sister.

Roy Williams tells his tale in Sports Crazy – a Lifetime in Kiwi Sport. Click here for more information.

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Norman Read

(1931 - 1994)

For older New Zealanders, the lasting image of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 is of the smiling face of Norman Read as he strode into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the 50km walk, one of two gold medals won by New Zealanders in Melbourne.
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