Story: Sport and the nation

Cartoon about Olympic runners, 1960

Cartoon about Olympic runners, 1960

When Peter Snell and Murray Halberg won gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics in the 800 metres and 5,000 metres respectively, the two became instant national heroes. As this cartoon suggests, they briefly upstaged rugby heroes in New Zealand popular culture.

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

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Strong men and women, 1945 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013