January 19, 2021
Two-time Olympic medalist breaks tie with Olympic champion, legend and fellow Kiwi Sir John Walker
By Jonathan Gault, LetsRun.com
Evergreen Nick Willis made history on Tuesday night by breaking 4:00 in the Mile for the record 19th year in a row. Willis, 37, ran 3:58.63 to finish second behind...
November 09, 2020
“It’s a great honor to be named Patron of Athletics NZ and to follow in the esteemed footsteps of a legend like Sir Peter Snell, who was a huge inspiration to me.”
From Athletics New Zealand
Legendary middle-distance runner Sir John Walker has been named as Patron of Athletics New Zealand.
August 12, 2020
The Mile "is a cherished distance. When I lined up for a Mile race, I knew I was in for a hell of a race. It is a shame it is not run often more."
By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com
On Tuesday evening, August 12, 1975, John Walker of New Zealand broke the 3:50 Mile barrier, clocking a world...
July 02, 2020
"I’m delighted to donate my warm-up suit to the Heritage Collection. Through its preservation and public display, I hope the suit helps to create interest in running for generations to come.”
By Chris Turner for World Athletics Heritage
New Zealand’s 1976 Olympic 1500m champion Sir John...
December 29, 2019
"They didn’t expect I would win that race. John [Walker] knew that maybe I would die – but I was prepared for that one!”
By Mike Rowbottom for World Athletics
Among the past contests highlighted during last month’s World Athletics' inaugural Heritage Mile Night in Monaco was the epic 1500m...
August 27, 2019
“I felt I could not have run a more perfect race.”
Steve Landells for the IAAF
The IAAF takes a look back at five unforgettable, historic races over the classic Mile distance.
1954 – Oxford, England
Roger Bannister’s Mile world record may have only lasted a mere 46 days but his place...
March 12, 2018
"This is a legacy for others. When they look at the statue kids can say to each other 'if he can do it, so can I'."
One of the country's sporting heroes has been immortalized in his hometown.
Olympic champion and Mile world record holder Sir John Walker unveiled a...
July 05, 2017
"I wasn’t afraid I would die; I knew I was dying."
By Cathal Dennehy, Independent.ie
For those who suffer through the sadistic challenge of a sub-4 minute Mile, there is a sound that offers hope, which arrives as both a sweet reprieve and a call to arms in their time of despair. It's the...
March 22, 2017
Statue of the first man to record a sub-3:50 Mile to be cast by sculptor Joanne Sullivan
By Radio New Zealand
A bronze statue of New Zealand athletics legend Sir John Walker is to be placed in Manurewa town center in Auckland.
Walker, who initially ran for the Manurew Harriers club, won the...
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,...
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