Cycling in mourning as double Olympic medallist Godwin passes away aged 91
20:25 GMT, 3 November 2012
Double Olympic medallist Tommy Godwin has died aged 91, British Cycling has announced.
Godwin, who was heavily involved in the sport throughout his life, died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
He won two bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics in London, in the team pursuit and kilometre time trial, held at Herne Hill.
Double Olympic medallist: Tommy Godwin, pictured in April at the Olympic Stadium, passed away aged 91
When the Games returned to the capital earlier this year, Godwin carried the Olympic torch through Solihull and was a keen supporter of Team GB at the velodrome in the Olympic Park.
After his competitive career came to an end, Godwin managed the British cycling squad at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, was president of the British Cycling Federation, ran the first British training camp in Majorca, and founded the Birmingham RCC.
Godwin became Britain's first paid national coach in 1964 and trained a generation of British track riders, including Graham Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
Reaction was quick to come in the cycling world.
Sir Chris Hoy said on his Twitter account: 'So sad to hear cycling legend and Olympic medallist from 1948, the great Tommy Godwin, has passed away.'
His message was re-tweeted by Joanna Rowsell, Olympic and world team pursuit champion.
British Cycling president Brian Cookson paid tribute, saying: 'Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport – a true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator.
'Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him.'