|Birth name||Richard John Tayler|
|Born|| (1948-08-12) 12 August 1948 (age 74)|
Timaru, New Zealand
|Achievements and titles|
|National finals||1500 m champion (1970)|
10,000 m champion (1974)
Cross country champion (1973)
15 km road champion (1971)
Richard John Tayler(born 12 August 1948) is a former New Zealand runner who mostly competed in distances from 1500 m to 10,000 m.
Tayler was born in Timaru in 1948. He is best known for winning the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the race he won in a time of 27:46.4 minutes, beating Dave Black of England by 2 seconds.
Tayler competed at the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 1972 Summer Olympics.
He finished 12th at the 1st IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Waregem, Belgium, 1973.
Arthritis cut short Tayler's running career.
In the 2014 New Year Honours, Tayler was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.
New Zealand national champions in men's 1500 m
Note: 1 mile or 1,609 metres before 1970
New Zealand national champions in men's 10,000 m
Note: 6 miles before 1970
Amateur Athletic Union
The Athletics Congress
USA Track & Field
*Distances have varied as follows: 2 Miles (1899–1931), 5000 meters (1933–1939), 3 Miles 1932, (1940–1986) and odd numbered years since 2015, and 3000 meters (1987–2014) and even numbered years since 2014
Team manager: Joe McManemin
Team manager: Bill Holley