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1964 Olympic Games
Major Games

1964 Olympic Games Tokyo,  October 10-24        800 There was much speculation over the fitness and intentions of the current 800 WR holder and Olympic champion Peter Snell. Unlike his rivals, he had not raced in Europe over the summer. Further, he had run only 1:48.5 in...

1966 Empire & Commonwealth Games
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1966 British Empire & Commonwealth Games Kingston, Jamaica August 4-13    880  Three of the top four finishers from the Tokyo Olympic 800 final were in the field. George Kerr, running in front of his home crowd and finally running in a major 800 race without Peter Snell, look...

1966 European Championships
Major Games

1966 European Championships Budapest, Hungary August 30-September 4   800 There was a stellar field for the final of this event. Favorite was the new Euro record-holder Franz-Josef Kemper (1:44.9). Fellow West German Bodo Tummler, who had won the 1,500 three days earlier, was also fancied....

1948 Olympic Games
Major Games

1948 Olympic Games     London, England July 29-August 14 With Great Britain still recovering from WW2, there was much opposition against holding the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Britons were still subject to severe rationing and economic hardship. Thus expensive preparati...

1969 European Championships
Major Games

1969 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 16-20   Cold-War politics led to a boycott by the West German team for this major championships. The issue was the eligibility of the fastest 5,000 runner entered: Jurgen May. May had defected from East Germany to West Germany two years and three...

1970 Commonwealth Games
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1970 Commonwealth Games Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 17-25   There were two big changes from the previous 1966 Games in Jamaica. First, the distances were metric for first time. Second, the track was a synthetic all-weather track. No more cinders!  800 Olympic Champio...

1971 European Championships
Major Games

1971 European Championships August 10-15 Helsinki, Finland   The Finnish people had waited a long time for another Paavo Nurmi to raise their patriotic spirits. The flamboyant 5,000/10,000 double of Juha Vaatainen was thus hugely appreciated, especially since the location was the Finnish cap...


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