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Runners as national heroes, 1960 (3rd of 4)

Runners as national heroes, 1960

With their victories at the 1960 Rome Olympics, coach Arthur Lydiard's runners briefly outshone rugby players as Kiwi sporting heroes. In this Nevile Lodge cartoon from the Evening Post, the schoolboy lying in the foreground is imitating Murray Halberg's exhausted collapse after winning the 5,000 metres.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-349-004
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Joseph Romanos, 'Olympic and Commonwealth games - Athletic achievements at the Olympics – 1950s and early 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jun 2023