Sunday, 4 November 2012

Knowle cycling legend Godwin dies

OLYMPIC cycling legend and Knowle resident Tommy Godwin has died aged 91.

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Mr Godwin – who won two bronze medals at the 1948 London Olympics – died at Solihull’s Marie Curie Hospice yesterday.

He won the team pursuit and kilometre time trial at Herne Hill in 1948 and was a prominent figure in this year’s games.

He carried the Olympic torch through Solihull and was the London velodrome, where Team GB scooped seven golds.

Mr Godwin managed the squad at the 1964 Tokyo games and was president of the British Cycling Federation.

He was a regular sight in Knowle and in June hosted a stand at the village’s Diamond Jubilee street party in June to show sports fans his medals.

Current president Brian Cookson said: “Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport.

“A true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator. Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him.”

Sir Chris Hoy (above with Mr Godwin) said on Twitter: “So sad to hear cycling legend and Olympic medallist from 1948, the great Tommy Godwin, has passed away.”

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