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Stanley Arthur Lay MBE (27 July 1906 – 12 May 2003) was a New Zealand javelin thrower who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics, 1930 British Empire Games, 1938 British Empire Games, and 1950 British Empire Games. In 1928, he finished seventh. At the British Empire Games he won a gold medal in 1930 and a silver in 1938, placing sixth in 1950.

Stan Lay
Jack Metcalfe, Jim Courtright, Stan Lay 1938b-cr.jpg
Lay (right) at the 1938 British Empire Games
Personal information
Birth nameStanley Arthur Lay
Born(1906-07-27)27 July 1906
New Plymouth, New Zealand[1]
Died12 May 2003 (2003-05-13) (aged 96)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubWanganui Taranaki
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)67.89 m (1928)[1][3]

Lay's best throw of 67.89 m was achieved in London on 7 July 1928 prior to the 1928 Olympics.[3] Officials thought he had broken the world record, but they had overlooked Eino Penttilä's record throw of 69.88 the previous year. Lay's throw remained the Commonwealth record for 26 years.[4]

Lay was a signwriter at Stratford, and could not afford the time off to go to the 1934 British Empire Games in London. At the 1950 Empire Games Lay took the oath on behalf of all competitors.[4]

In the 1988 New Year Honours, Lay was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to sport.[5] Two years later he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Stan Lay.
  2. ^ "Empire Games: N.Z. representatives". The Evening Post. 28 June 1930. p. 13. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b Stanley Lay.
  4. ^ a b Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51173, 30 December 1987. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  6. ^ Obituary: Stanley Arthur Lay. New Zealand Herald (16 May 2003).
  7. ^ Stan Lay (1906–2003). New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

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