81-year-old Olympic silver medallist died from coronavirus

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From Inside the Games

Olympic race walking medallist Paul Nihill has died at the age of 81 after falling ill with COVID-19.

A four-time Olympian, the Briton won a silver medal in the 50 kilometres event at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics.

Italy’s Abdon Pamich finished 19 seconds ahead of Nihill, setting a new Olympic record.

A European champion over 20km in 1969, Nihill is one of Britain’s greatest race walkers.

In July 1972 he set a world record in the 20km, but could only finish sixth at that year’s Olympics.

Nihill was the first male British track and field athlete to compete in four Olympic Games – Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968, Munich 1972 and Athens 1976.

He passed away on December 15 at Medway Maritime Hospital, KentOnline reported.

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