Paul Nihill
Nihill (left) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born5 September 1939 (1939-09-05)
Colchester, Essex, England
Died15 December 2020(2020-12-15) (aged 81)[1]
Gillingham, Kent, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportRace walking
ClubSurrey Walking Club
Croydon and Medway
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1:24:50 (20 km, 1972)
4:11:31 (50 km, 1964)

Vincent Paul Nihill MBE (5 September 1939 – 15 December 2020) was a British race walker.

Biography

He competed in the 50 km event at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and won a silver medal in 1964. In 1968 he suffered from the high altitude conditions of Mexico and collapsed at the 44th kilometre,[2] which was his only defeat in 86 races between 1967 and 1970. After that he focused on the 20 km distance, and won a European title in this event in 1969, followed by a bronze medal in 1971. In July 1972 he set a world record in the 20 km, but finished only sixth at the 1972 Olympics. He also competed in the 20 km walk in the 1976 Olympics, before retiring the following year.[3]

Nihill became the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1976. He died at the Maritime Medway Hospital, Gillingham, Kent on 15 December 2020, after contracting COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in England.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Race walking legend Paul Nihill dies". AW. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's 50 kilometres Walk". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Paul Nihill". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Olympic silver medallist Nihill dies after contracting COVID-19". InsideTheGames.biz. 3 January 2021.
Records Preceded byGennadi Agapov Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder 30 July 1972 – 30 May 1976 Succeeded byDaniel Bautista