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Murray Halberg, Rome, 1960

New Zealand runner Murray Halberg wins the 5,000-metres final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He had followed a daring plan devised by his coach, Arthur Lydiard. With three laps to go Halberg sprinted well ahead of the pack. He then hung on to the lead for the rest of the race, winning by 8 metres before collapsing exhausted.

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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