Track & Field: Farewell to Greatness


Ever since New Zealand's Peter Snell stormed from behind to win the 800-meter race in the 1960 Olympics, he has dominated the middle distances like no other runner in history. He set new world records for 800 meters (1 min. 44.3 sec.), 880 yds. (1 min. 45.1 sec.), 1,000 meters (2 min. 16.6 sec.), and one mile (3 min. 54.1 sec.); he outclassed all challengers at the 1964 Olympics, won both the 800-meter and the 1,500-meter races.

Honors followed in his fast footsteps. Queen Elizabeth made him a Member of the...

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