15 Jan 2024

Fifty years since Dick Tayler took 10,000 metre gold

From Morning Report, 7:57 am on 15 January 2024

Michael Voss won the New Zealand 10,000 metre championships in Dunedin at the weekend, which was part of the Dick Tayler Anniversary athletics meeting that took place in the city.

It will be 50 years ago next week (25 Jan 1974) that Dick Tayler won the 10,000 metres gold medal at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games.

Dick Tayler winning 10,000m at Commonwealth Games, Christchurch 1974. Photo:

Tayler went into those Games in good form, but wasn't expected to outperform the likes of Engand's David Bedford and Dave Black, and the Kenyan star Richard Juma.

He told sports reporter Barry Guy that he was fortunate to have legendary coach Arthur Lydiard backing him.