Snell named in Hall of Fame
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 9:15p.m.
Triple Olympic gold medalist Sir Peter Snell is one of just 24 athletes inducted into the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Hall of Fame today (NZT).
The IAAF is celebrating its centenary this year, and president Lamine Diack says Snell's inclusion into the newly established Hall of Fame highlights New Zealand's contribution to track and field over the years.
Diack says New Zealand has produced some major athletics icons, including miler Jack Lovelock, revolutionary athletics coach Arthur Lydiard and defending Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams.
Given its population, he added, New Zealand has globally punched above its weight in international athletics.
Snell was a surprise Olympic champion over 800m at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Two years later he broke the 800m and mile world records before completing the 800m and 1500m double at Tokyo in 1964.
He was voted New Zealand's Sports Champion of the 20th Century, went on to a distinguished scientific career in the US as an exercise physiologist, and was knighted in 2001.
The official induction ceremony will be held at the IAAF centenary gala in Barcelona on November 24.
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5/08/2012 7:23:47 a.m.
Phil Barker wrote:
A true champion pity he doesn't live over here to inspire more up and comers. They say he used to tear the track up his kick was so powerful. He looked a bit heavier than a lot of the modern 1500 metre runners.
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