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Last Updated: Friday, 6 August, 2004, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Welsh athletics great dies
Former Empire Games gold-medal winning runner Jim Alford has passed away at the age of 91.

Alford won the 880 yards in Sydney in 1938, becoming the first athlete in a Welsh vest to strike gold in the Empire Games.

In a brilliant career, Alford beat world mile record holder Sydney Wooderson and Olympic 1500m champion Jack Lovelock.

He also helped Britain's 4x1500m team break the world record.

In Wales, Alford won 11 Welsh titles in a range of disciplines from the 440 yards to cross country.

He went on to become the first national coach for athletics in Wales.





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