Reading University’s first ever Olympic medallist, Martin Reynolds, recently came along to the SportsPark to see if much had changed in 49 years. Martin has a remarkable story as he was only spotted running at school when he was 16 to then become an Olympic silver medallist seven years later. In 1972 Martin graduated in linguistics and later that summer won a silver medal in 400m relay at the Munich Olympics. He went from training on his own on the playing fields outside the SportsPark to running in front of 80,000 spectators at Munich.
Martin originally concentrated on the shorter sprints winning the University World Games 200m in 1970 but an injury in 1972 resulted in him stepping up to the 400m. At Munich he also made the semi-final in the individual 400m.
On his visit Martin bumped into Melvin Silvey, our sports groundsman, and was able to tell him that the dip just past the cricket wicket was still there. After sprinting up and down the sports field many thousands of times he could still remember every footstep.
Martin was delighted to show Vice-Chancellor, Robert Van de Noort, his Olympic medal.
In 1972 Vice-Chancellor, Harry Pitt, sent congratulations by telegram