Gary Knoke (athletics) enjoy a long and distinguished representative career for Australia, competing in four Commonwealth Games and three Olympic Games. Knoke specialised in the 400m hurdles reaching as high as world No.3 in 1966. Making his Commonwealth Games debut in Perth in 1962, Knoke raced in the heats of the 110m hurdles and finished 4th in the 400m hurdles. Doing the double at the Kingston Games in 1966, Knoke again made the final in the 400m hurdles. At Edinburgh in 1970, he again made the final, finishing 8th, and in 1974 in Christchurch, in his last competition for Australia he finished 7th in the 400m hurdles and 4th in the 4x400m. His best international result came at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where he finished 4th in the 400m hurdles. Knoke was the Australian record holder of 49.4 seconds for over ten years before it was broken by an athlete he coached, 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games gold medallist Garry Brown. In retirement, Knoke became a sprints and hurdles coach at the AIS, with Knoke Ave in Gordon, ACT is named in his honour.
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