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Peter Snell, Rome, 1960 (1st of 4)

Peter Snell, Rome, 1960

Runner Peter Snell crosses the line to win the 800 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Snell, at this time a rank outsider, came in just ahead of world-record-holder Roger Moens of Belgium. New Zealand runners made an excellent showing at Rome, a tribute to the coaching techniques of Arthur Lydiard, who trained Snell, as well as 5,000-metres gold-medallist Murray Halberg and marathon bronze-medallist Barry Magee.

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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 26 June 2024)

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