|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Vincent Paul•Nihill|
|Born||5 September 1939 in Colchester, Essex, England (GBR)|
|Died||15 December 2020 in Gillingham, Kent, England (GBR)|
|Measurements||180 cm / 66 kg|
|Affiliations||Surrey Walking Club / Croydon and Medway|
When he competed in the 20 kilometres walk at Montréal in 1976, Paul Nihill became the first British male track and field athlete to compete in four Olympics.
A member of the Surrey Walking Club, Nihill took part in his first walking race on 7 October 1956. He went on to win seven Surrey county walking titles at 2 miles/3000 km between 1963-71 and between 1965-75 won four AAAs titles. Losing by less than 19 seconds to Italy’s Abdon Parmich of Italy in the 50km at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was the highlight of Nihill’s career until 1969, when he went one better and won the 20km gold medal at the European Championships at Athina (Athens). He added a 20km bronze at Helsinki two years later.
One of the all-time greats of British race walking, Nihill continued race walking into his 70s. He was a former president of the Race Walking Association, and was also secretary of both the Kent, and Croydon ex-boxers associations. He was also a DJ on a local radio station, specialising in 1950s rock’n roll music, of which he had both a vast knowledge and record collection. Nihill suffered from dementia in later life and spent time in a specialist care home until contracting COVID-19, which eventually claimed his life.
Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-24:50 (1972); 50kmW – 4-11:31 (1964).
|Games||Discipline (Sport)||Event||Status||Team||Pos||Representing||2nd NOC||As|
|1964 Summer Olympics||Athletics||50 kilometres Walk, Men||Olympic||2||Silver||GBR||Paul Nihill|
|1968 Summer Olympics||Athletics||50 kilometres Walk, Men||Olympic||AC||GBR||Paul Nihill|
|1972 Summer Olympics||Athletics||20 kilometres Walk, Men||Olympic||6||GBR||Paul Nihill|
|50 kilometres Walk, Men||Olympic||9|
|1976 Summer Olympics||Athletics||20 kilometres Walk, Men||Olympic||30||GBR||Paul Nihill|