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Legend Lovelock’s record time for Mile to be tested at Lovelock Classic

January 03, 2018

"It depends on the day and the weather, if it's balmy they are more likely to beat Jack's record."

By Ryan Dunlop, The Timaru Herald

Many have tried and failed to beat South Canterbury gold medalist and local legend Jack Lovelock's personal record for a Mile. but 2018 may be the year.

On Saturday the Lovelock Classic athletics meet will kick off, attracting more than 100 high performance athletes from around the South Island for a variety of sports.

Lovelock Classic committee member Linley Welford said the meet included track & field events such as long jump and high jump, 400 meter hurdles, and the 3000 meter Open class, as well as the main event, the Lovelock Mile.

"It is the landmark event, there also is a challenge to break the 4 minute Mile, Lovelock put his stamp on it and some have got reasonably close."

The Lovelock's world record time was set in 1933 at 4 minutes, 7.6 seconds.

Lovelock, a Timaru Boys' High School old boy, famously won gold in the 1500 meters, metric Mile, at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

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