Christopher Walkden

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameChristopher Charles•Walkden
Used nameChristopher•Walkden
Born18 April 1938 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland (GBR)
Died28 July 2011
Measurements190 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsBeckenham SC, Beckenham (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Christopher Walkden was a breaststroke specialist who competed at the 1956 Olympics, the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and, after a brief retirement, the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. The highlights of his career were the two bronze medals, one individual and one relay, he won at those 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. A Scotsman by birth he was raised in England and represented his adopted country at those Games. Walkden later founded a printing company, trained young swimmers at his Beckenham club and was chairman of the Kent County Swimming Association until his death from prostate cancer in 2011.

Christopher Walkden had the following podium finishes at major championships: 3rd in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 220 yards Backstroke, 3rd in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games 4×110 yards Medley Relay (with Graham Sykes, Graham Symonds, and Neil McKechnie). In the British Empire and Commonwealth Games Walkden competed for England.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Christopher Walkden
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 11
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Christopher Walkden
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 12
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 7

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