Tayler in 2014
|Birth name||Richard John Tayler|
12 August 1948|
Timaru, New Zealand
|Achievements and titles|
1500 m champion (1970)|
10,000 m champion (1974)
Cross country champion (1973)
15 km road champion (1971)
Tayler was born in Timaru in 1948. He is best known for winning the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the race he won in a time of 27:46.4 minutes, beating Dave Black of England by 2 seconds.
He finished 12th at the 1st IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Waregem, Belgium, 1973.
Arthritis cut short Tayler's running career.