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Halberg v Grodotzki v Zimny (5,000, 1960)
Great Races

Halberg v Grodotzki v Zimny 1960 Olympic Games  5,000 Rome Great Races #14   If Elliott’s victory in the 1,500 was the most dominant track performance of the Rome Olympics, Murray Halberg’s was the most courageous. To inject a 61.1 tenth lap in a 5,000 meant that he had exp...

Bolotnikov v Tulloh v Zimny (5,000, 1962)
Great Races

Bolotnikov v Tulloh v Zimny 5,000 European Championships 1962 Great Races #15   Following his convincing 10,000 win, Russian Pyotr Bolotnikov (See Profile) looked a good bet for this race too. But his heat for this final was held only 24 hours after his 10,000 final. Further, he was forced ...

Kip Keino

Profile: Kipchoge Keino b. 1940     Kipchoge Keino was not the first Kenyan to win a medal in an Empire Games nor the first to win an Olympic medal, but he was the first Kenyan to have a major impact on the international running  scene and the first Kenyan to break world records. F...

Basil Heatley

PROFILE:  BASIL HEATLEY   b. 1933   From 1948 through to the 1960s, English runner Basil Heatley improved steadily, winning countless titles on the road, track and country. Among his most notable achievements were a World-Record 10 Miles, an International Cross-Country title and th...

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
Major Games

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....

Bob Schul

Bob Schul: Profile   b. 1938   American Bob Schul is best known for his stylish and confident win in the 1964 Olympic 5,000 in Tokyo. He also ran one WR (Two Miles), set five American records and won three American titles. His achievements are all the more remarkable because he suffered...

Snell v Tulloh v Thomas
Great Races

Snell v Tulloh v Thomas Mile, Wanganui, New Zealand January 27, 1962 Great Races # 19   Early in 1962 a small coastal town in New Zealand hit the headlines across the world. Wanganui was the site of an unexpected Mile world record by Peter Snell, the current 800 Olympic champion. He had ne...

Jim Ryun

PROFILE:  JIM RYUN b. 1947   Once every generation or so, a prodigy appears on the running scene with a talent far above his contemporaries. American Jim Ryun was one such prodigy. At 17 he broke the 4-min barrier and represented the USA in the 1964 Olympics. At 18 he ran 3:55.3, breaki...


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