Mile News


Track star Merv Lincoln dies aged 82 in Melbourne

May 03, 2016

“The result was we ran the fastest time in the world on grass, we had a great race. He was a fine athlete and a fine bloke.” - Herb Elliott

By Peter de Kruijff, The Border Mail

Wodonga-raised athlete Merv Lincoln, who was the 11th person in the world to run a Mile in under 4 minutes, has died at age 82.

Lincoln finished his “last race” on Sunday in Melbourne.

Newer Border residents may have heard of Mr. Lincoln because of his namesake the Lincoln Causeway but in the 1950s, his surname was synonymous with one of Australia’s greatest running rivalries.

The Gippsland-born Lincoln gained fame across the country and overseas for his races against Western Australian and Mile legend Herb Elliott.

Lincoln was considered the likely successor of John Landy, the second man to run a Mile in less than 4 minutes, and was a favorite to win at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics before an injury derailed him in the finals.

Continue reading at: www.bordermail.com.au

Tags: merv lincoln (1) , john landy (25) , herb elliott (11)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!