Updated: 16/07/2012 09:31 | By pa.press.net

Lynn the leap wins gold, Tokyo 1964



Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.

Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.

Nicknamed Lynn the Leap, Lynn Davies became the first British athlete to win gold in a field event since 1908 when he claimed victory in the long jump at Tokyo 1964.

Prior to the event, the Welshman was not considered a contender for a top three finish, having failed to pick up any European or Commonwealth medals in his career to date.

Davies came into the Games with a British record under his belt, and overcame horrendous weather conditions in the Japanese capital to beat favourite Ralph Boston into the silver medal position with a jump of 8.07 metres.

Davies never experienced Olympic glory again, despite returning to compete at the 1968 and 1972 Games, but followed up his 1964 victory with gold at the 1966 European Championships in Budapest.

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Lynn the leap wins gold, Tokyo 1964Nicknamed Lynn the Leap, Lynn Davies became the first British athlete to win gold in a field event since 1908 when he claimed victory in the long jump at Tokyo 1964.pa.press.net2012-07-16T09:31:042012-07-16T09:31:04Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Nicknamed Lynn the Leap, Lynn Davies became the first British athlete to win gold in a field event since 1908 when he claimed victory in the long jump at Tokyo 1964.Prior to the event, the Welshman was not considered a contender for a top three finish, having failed to pick up any European or Commonwealth medals in his career to date.Davies came into the Games with a British record under his belt, and overcame horrendous weather conditions in the Japanese capital to beat favourite Ralph Boston into the silver medal position with a jump of 8.07 metres.Davies never experienced Olympic glory again, despite returning to compete at the 1968 and 1972 Games, but followed up his 1964 victory with gold at the 1966 European Championships in Budapest.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.Great Britain's Lynn Davies in action in Tokyo in 1964.

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