David Smith (racewalker)

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David Gregory "Dave" Smith (born 24 July 1955) is a retired male race walker from Australia, who represented his native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1980 (Moscow). His best Olympic result was finishing in tenth place in the men's 20 km race at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

His son, Dane Bird-Smith, also became an international walker for Australia.[1]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
1979 World Race Walking Cup Eschborn, West Germany 21st 20 km 1:25:36
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 20 km DSQ
50 km DNF
1981 World Race Walking Cup Valencia, Spain 20 km DNF
1983 World Race Walking Cup Bergen, Norway 20 km DSQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 15th 20 km 1:25:23
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 10th 20 km 1:26:48
1985 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 5,000 m 19:16
World Race Walking Cup St John's, Isle of Man 20 km DSQ
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 5th 5,000 m 18:52
World Race Walking Cup New York City, United States 20 km DSQ
World Championships Rome, Italy 20 km DSQ
1991 World Race Walking Cup San Jose, United States 46th 20 km 1:26:14


  1. ^ Gleeson, Michael (2013-08-12). Bird-Smith walks out of father's shadow. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 2015-07-15.