South African Olympic track legend Thomas Shardelow has died at the age of 87, it was announced today.
“Our most sincere condolences are extended to the Shardelow family on the sad loss of the Legend of the Pedal Tommy, one of SA’s cycling royalties,” said commentator Johnny Koen.
“Amongst his amazing list of palmarès he won two Olympic medals and the SA sprint title five times. RIP Sir Thomas.”
During his 26-year long competitive cycling career Shardelow won bronze at the British Empire Games, broke world records and claimed 25 national titles.
Shardelow competed at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics and bagged two silver medals – in the 4 000m team pursuit and 2 000m tandem events – at the 1952 event in Helsinki.
He retired in 1973 after claiming victory in the 1 000m sprint at the SA Multi-National Games.