Commonwealth Games legend Dick Tayler in stable condition after collapsing while following Lions tour

Dick Tayler, who has been a prominent speaker at sporting functions around the country, has had a suspected heart attack.
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Dick Tayler, who has been a prominent speaker at sporting functions around the country, has had a suspected heart attack.

Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning athlete Dick Tayler is in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

It's understood Tayler, 68, collapsed while travelling with friends by car following the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in the Rotorua area on Sunday.

Friends were assisting Tayler on the roadside when two doctors stopped to help.

Dick Tayler shows pain and delight after his upset win in the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.
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Dick Tayler shows pain and delight after his upset win in the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

He was then taken to Rotorua Hospital.

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The hospital has declined to give details of his condition, although friends have said he is "stable".

Otago rugby commentator Paul Allison was with Tayler when he suffered the "medical incident" on Sunday.

"Dick is in a stable condition," said Allison.

"The signs are very positive and he is progressing favourably."

Allison said that before the incident Tayler had hoped to be at the unveiling of Sir Colin Meads' statue in Te Kuiti on Monday.

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Tayler and Meads are close friends and often speak together at rugby club functions across the country.

Tayler, who is based at Waikouaiti, captured the nation's hearts when he was an upset winner of the 10,000m on the opening day of the Christchurch Commonwealth Games in 1974.

 

 

 

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