Double Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin has died at the age of 91
Last Updated: 04/11/12 10:23am
Tommy Godwin: Olympic medallist dies at the age of 91
Double Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin has died at the age of 91.
Godwin, who was heavily involved in the sport throughout his life, died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull on Saturday.
He won two bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics in London, in the team pursuit and kilometre time trial, held at Herne Hill.
When the Games returned to the capital earlier this year, Godwin carried the Olympic torch through Solihull and was a keen supporter of Team GB at the velodrome in the Olympic Park.
After his competitive career came to an end, Godwin managed the British cycling squad at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, was president of the British Cycling Federation, ran the first British training camp in Majorca, and founded the Birmingham RCC.
Godwin became Britain's first paid national coach in 1964 and trained a generation of British track riders, including Graham Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
Sir Chris Hoy said on his Twitter account: "So sad to hear cycling legend and Olympic medallist from 1948, the great Tommy Godwin, has passed away."
British Cycling 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."