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Ken Buffin

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKenneth Frederick "Ken"•Buffin
Used nameKen•Buffin
Born1 November 1923 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (GBR)
Died9 December 1972 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (GBR)
Measurements163 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsSt. Aidan's Gymnastic Club / Cardiff Central Boys Club
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Ken Buffin won the Welsh national gymnastics title nine times between 1949-58. He won just one British title, in 1955, but finished second in each of the five years before he eventually won the title. He finished third in 1958, at the age of 34. Internationally he represented Wales five times and Great Britain on eight occasions, including the three Olympic Games, 1948, 1952 and 1960. Despite finishing second in 1956, in the first British championships to be held at Birmingham for 25 years, Buffin missed out on the Melbourne Olympics that year.

Ken Buffin came from a family of gymnasts. His father Bill was a Welsh international, and coach to the St. Aidan’s Gymnastic Club for more than 30 years. Ken’s brother Colin was a member of the Cardiff Centre Club, before becoming a coach, and Colin’s two sons, David and Michael, were also keen gymnasts.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Ken Buffin
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 79
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 12
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 82
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 72
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 82
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =57
Rings, Men (Olympic) 100
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 86
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Ken Buffin
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 115
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 21
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 169
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =142
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 138
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 66
Rings, Men (Olympic) =94
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =101
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Ken Buffin
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 114
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 19
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 125 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =98 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 118 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =72 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) 118 r1/2
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 115 r1/2