Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus "Dick" Quax
(born January 1, 1948 in Alkmaar
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) is a New Zealand runner and former world record holder in the 5000 metres
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. He stood for Parliament with the ACT Party in 1999 and 2002. He served as a Manukau City councillor from 2001 to 2007, when he stood unsuccessfully for mayor.
Quax was educated at Hamilton Boys' High School
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. He has 3 children, 1 daughter from a previous marriage, and 2 sons from his current marriage. He currently lives in Pakuranga, Auckland with his wife and 2 sons. He has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Birkenhead based band Half Man Half Biscuit
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mentioned Dick in A Lilac Harry Quinn, from the album McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt.
At the 1970 British Commonwealth Games
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, Quax won the silver medal in the 1500 metres
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. He competed in the 5000 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the heats. Quax won silver in the 5000 metres at the 1976 Summer Olympics
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In 1977 at Stockholm
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, Sweden he set a new world record time of 13m 12.9s in the 5000 metres. This record would stand less than a year, but as a national record it stood for over 31 years, until beaten by Adrian Blincoe
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in July 2008.
Early in 1980, at the Stanford Stadium track, Quax just missed Jos Hermens
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' 15K World Record by five seconds, running a New Zealand national record of 43:01.7
In his later career Quax switched his focus to the marathon, running a 2:11:13 in his debut marathon for 4th place at the Nike/OTC Marathon race in 1979, at that time the fastest debut marathon in history. In 1980 he returned and won the race in a New Zealand record time of 2:10:47 He did not compete in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to the West's boycott.
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In October 2001 Quax was elected to the Manukau City Council from the Pakuranga ward and subsequently re-elected in 2004 to represent the new Botany-Clevedon ward after a failed bid for the Manukau mayoralty. He is also a member of the ACT Party
having stood as a list candidate in the 1999
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On 13 October 2007 Dick Quax lost his bid to become mayor of Manukau to Len Brown
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by 14,000 votes. During this election, Quax complained to the electoral office over an "offensive flyer" depicting him and members of his People's Choice party as the Thunderbirds
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. His complaint was not upheld as there was no evidence to suggest who had posted the flyers.
Quax stood with Jami-Lee Ross
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for Citizens & Ratepayers in the 2010
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elections. Quax missed out on a seat, losing to Ross by 253 votes. In 2011 Quax was elected to the council after a by election was held in Howick due to Ross resigning after becoming a Member of Parliament
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