Miller, Richard (Part 6 of 10). An Oral History of British Athletics
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Miller, Richard, 1929- (speaker, male)
Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)
Part 6: After Perth - felt depressed for a while. After a time - began to improve and went through a very strong competitive period. Discussion of technique improvements - working with Hungarian (Alex Kuvachovich?) shot putter. Thrown out of Hungary. Learning from competitors from other countries. Represented GB post 1962 as number 1 javelin thrower. Relationship with GB colleague Colin Smith - who had been number 1. 1963 very good season, despite being in thirties. Describes training during this time - trained alone. No javelin supervision in GB set up. More on work and training schedule. Support of wife at this time. 1964-'68 - athletics career. Athletic career began to slow down. Retired in 1968. London Athletic Club was beginning to lose its status - shift to the midlands and the North for best athletic clubs. Discusses the reason for London AC's demise. Discussion of 'shamateurism'. Drugs in athletics. Competitors admired - Nicky Burkes? (Australia) Colin Smith. Competitive nature - discussion of winning and losing. Coping with retirement. Involvement with athletics since retirement. Discussion of how athletics in GB is managed. Philosophy of Coaching and teaching sports/training etc.
Interview with Javelin Thrower Richard Miller