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‘A Body Built on Pain’ – The Training of Herb Elliott

June 30, 2017

 “In the winter and spring of 1957, I must have run 2,500 miles in training and lifted thousands of pounds in weights.”

By Runner's Tribe

Personal Records

  • 800m: 1:46.70 (estimated from 880 yard time of 1:47.30)
  • 1500m: 3:35.60 (former Olympic and World Records)
  • Mile:  3:54.50 (former WR, unbeaten at the Mile)


  • Olympic 1500m gold, Rome 1960
  • Commonwealth Games gold Mile, Cardiff 1958
  • Commonwealth Games gold 880 yards, Cardiff 1958
  • Former world record holder 1500m and Mile. Held the 1500m world record for 9 years and the Mile world record for 4 years.

“I like to vary my training venues day by day, running on a golf course one day, the next day in a park, then on a racecourse, up and down the hills flanking the Shrine in Melbourne, along the Yarra River and even over cow paddocks. The change of scenery, the music of the birds and the sight of grazing cattle and sheep is soul-freeing and makes a training session real joy.”  – Herb Elliott

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