David Lean (athletics) is a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist including winning gold in the 440-yard hurdles at the Vancouver 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. The Vancouver 1954 Games were Lean’s debut where he outpaced Englishman Harry Kane to win the gold. It was only Lean’s eighth race over the distance and the first ever international victory by a Tasmanian athlete. Lean also won bronze medals as part of Australia’s 4×110-yard and 4×440-yard relay teams. He narrowly missed out on defending his hurdles titles at the Cardiff 1958 Games, finishing with silver behind South Africa’s Gerhardus Potgieter. At the Melbourne 1956 Olympics, Lean won a silver as part of the Australian 4x400m relay team. Lean was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2021.
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