Story: Athletics

Jack Lovelock

In 1933 New Zealander Jack Lovelock broke the world mile record at Princeton University in the United States with a time of four minutes 7.6 seconds. This cartoon, which was published in the New York Sun newspaper, describes him as a 'modern mercury' – a reference to the Roman god Mercury, a messenger with winged sandals.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, John Edward (Jack) Lovelock Papers (MS-Group-0012)
Reference: MSX-2247-058

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - The sport of athletics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 October 2021)

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