Story: Athletics

Jack Lovelock at the 1936 Olympics

Jack Lovelock's win in the 1,500 metres at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is remembered for his stunning, record-breaking performance. At 300 metres from the finish Lovelock put on a burst of speed, leaving the American Glenn Cunningham and Italian Luigi Beccali well behind in his wake when he crossed the line. His time of three minutes 47.8 seconds was a new world record for this distance.

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Reference: The years back – the thirties. National Film Unit, 1971

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David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - Athletics between the wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by David Colquhoun, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 20 Sep 2016