October 21, 2020
“We were helpless. My chief memory down the final straight is of Peter’s huge legs ripping great chunks of cinders out of the track with his powerful stride.”
By Len Johnson for World Athletics
On October 21, 1964, nine men lined up for the Tokyo Olympic 1500m final. Three minutes and 38.1...
December 13, 2019
"He won three Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and broke seven world records. He was the best conditioned athlete of his time."
By NZ Herald
Famed New Zealand Olympic distance runner Sir Peter Snell has died, age 80.
Sports historian and friend Ron Palenski confirmed...
February 05, 2019
"We want to reinstate the One Mile Championship name and make this event an annual sanctioned fixture at Cooks Gardens."
By Iain Hyndman, Whanganui Chronicle
The athletics fraternity will finally get to celebrate Whanganui, Sir Peter Snell, Cooks Gardens and what all three bring to the global...
January 31, 2017
“My mental approach was not focusing on the individuals I couldn’t control, but focus on myself. It normally worked out all right.”
By Cameron Tucker, Athletics Weekly
Last year was a record-breaking one in sport for New Zealand. The island nation, renowned for its haka-dancing rugby team,...
December 11, 2015
Former Mile world record holder and 3-time Olympic champion recognized for outstanding contributions to national or international sport through education, research or service.
Sir Peter Snell has been honoured by the United States Sports Academy with a Distinguished Service Award...
August 19, 2015
Jack Lovelock, Peter Snell, and John Walker paved the way for future Kiwi stars like Nick Willis.
By Roger Robinson, Running Times
When Nick Willis was a boy in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, he used to watch videos of Kiwis Jack Lovelock, Peter Snell, and John Walker winning Olympic 1500m gold...
June 27, 2015
In an age when track & field was more popular in the U.S. than the NBA, NHL and what is now NASCAR, no one was a bigger star than high schooler Ryun
By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register
In early June 1965, Jim Ryun, an 18-year-old senior at Wichita’s East High School, and his coach...
November 03, 2014
“The first half Mile was, I felt, too fast, but I was carried along by the whole atmosphere and excitement... I struggled along to the three-quarter mark, and from then on I was hanging on desperately.”
By Bring Back the Mile
Like October, which also has few top racing opportunities, the...
November 24, 2012
BARCELONA, Spain – New Zealand’s three-time Olympic middle-distance champion Peter Snell and Kip Keino, Kenya’s 1968 and 1972 Olympic 1500m and 3000m Steeplechase champion, respectively, appeared at the press point at the IAAF Centenary Gala in Barcelona. These were some of the highlights.
August 04, 2012
MONTE-CARLO - New Zealand’s three-time Olympic champion and multiple World record breaker Peter Snell is the latest athletics legend to be named as one of the 24 inaugural Members of the IAAF Hall of Fame which has been created to mark the year of the IAAF Centenary.
January 24, 2012
Renowned coach Arthur Lydiard's formula for distance running success: preparation, patience and performance
By Jim Ferstle for Running Times
To track fans, Peter Snell is a legendary triple Olympic gold medalist, who set the Mile world record twice. To his native New Zealanders, he's Sir...
January 22, 2012
"The crowd started singing 'For he's a jolly good fellow' and the place was in chaos, with people running all over the show."
By Grant Chapman, New Zealand Herald
For Sir Murray Halberg, it was a night tinged with death and sadness. For Peter Snell, it was the moment he realized he wasn't...
May 01, 2011
There were other very nice moments such as when I was trying to run a sub-4 minute Mile and ended up breaking the World Record!
By Gary Cohen
Peter Snell of New Zealand won the gold medal in the 1960 Olympic 800 meter run in Rome, Italy by 0.07 seconds, clockng 1:46.48. Four years later in...
June 27, 1994
Forty years after Roger Bannister broke four minutes, the brotherhood of Mile record holders gathered to honor their grand obsession
By Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated
Never join someone who eclipses you. Align yourself with one who increases your luster. The man who puts you in the shade...
July 05, 1965
With tactical cunning and a brilliant burst of speed, 18-year-old Jim Ryun beat the great Peter Snell in a U.S. record 3:55.3 Mile
By Gwilym S. Brown, Sports Illustrated
In San Diego one day last week an 18-year-old boy and a former football linebacker sat down to map out the strategy the boy...
November 30, 1964
Although he was, in his own words, 'desperate and struggling,' New Zealand's three-gold-medal Olympian beat his own mark and completely routed the world's second and third best Milers
By Sports Illustrated
"The first half Mile was, I felt, too fast," said Peter Snell, "but I was carried along...
February 12, 1962
In the southern reaches of faraway New Zealand young Peter Snell broke the world half-mile and 800 meter records last Saturday just a week after he had run history's fastest Mile
By Leslie Hobbs, Sports Illustrated
In the stretch of the Olympic 800 meter finals in Rome last year the highly...
February 05, 1962
New Zealand's burly Peter Snell, starting in one of the few Mile races of his young career, took the lead with 340 yards to go, sprinted away from the field to better Herb Elliott's classic mark by a tenth of a second: "I think I can improve on the Mile time a little."
By Leslie Hobbs, Sports...