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Tommy Godwin, 1948 Olympic medallist and London 2012 ambassador, dies at age of 91

Man who won bronze in kilo and team pursuit would go on to coach GB team and become British Cycling Federation President

Tommy Godwin, double Olympic medallist in London in 1948 and ambassador and torchbearer for the 2012 Games this summer, has died at the age of 91. Godwin won bronze medals in the kilo and team pursuit at the Herne Hill Velodrome in the 1948 Games.

The build-up to London 2012 saw Godwin, possessed of an energy that belied his years, make regular media appearances in which he talked about those exploits. The former Solihull Cycling Club President also carried the Olympic torch through the West Midlands town this July.

After retiring from competition, Godwin would go on to manage the British track cycling team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, and would also become president of the British Cycling Federation.

British Cycling’s current 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."

Godwin, who was born in the United States to British parents – his family moved back here when he was a boy – had been due to celebrate his 92nd birthday tomorrow, but passed away on Saturday at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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