Chris Maddocks recognised in New Year’s Honours
Five-time Olympian Chris Maddocks awarded a British Empire Medal for Services to Athletics.
Chris competed in five consecutive Summer Olympics from 1984 to 2000. He retired from international competition after the 50km race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He became the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympic Games.
He won an award for services to athletics at the 2000 British Athletics Writers Awards, having become a freelance journalist following his retirement from athletics.
For the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in
London he was specialist TV sports commentator for the racewalking events for American television network NBC.
Chris remains the British 50km walk record-holder thanks to his 3:51:37 at Burrator, Devon on 28th October 199
From British Athletics:
Christopher Maddocks, the retired 50km Race Walk British Record holder receives an BEM for his services to athletics. Maddocks is one of only a handful of athletes – alongside Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Ben Ainslie – to proudly call himself a five-time Olympian having competed in every Games from Los Angeles 1984 to Sydney 2000. His best placing was 16th in both Los Angeles and Barcelona.
Chris is no stranger to Centurions. Competitors in the 2018 Douglas 100miles will have heard Chris doing the track side commentating.
Chris also attended quite a few of the 24 hour races in France in the 1990's - not as a competitor but as an attendant to Ed Shillabeer and he was not shy about giving support to the other British walkers as well.
A well deserved honour.