Peter Snell

New Zealand athlete

Sir Peter George Snell KNZM OBE (17 December 1938 – 12 December 2019) was a New Zealand middle-distance runner. He won three Olympic gold medals.

Sir Peter Snell
KNZM OBE
Peter Snell 1964.jpg
Snell at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Birth namePeter George Snell[1]
Born(1938-12-17)17 December 1938[1]
Opunake, New Zealand[1]
Died12 December 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 80)
Dallas, Texas, United States
ResidenceTexas, United States
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)800 m, 1500 m
Coached byArthur Lydiard
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 metres: 1:44.3[2] (WR)
880 yards: 1:45.1 WR
1000 metres: 2:16.6 WR
1500 metres: 3:37.6[2]1
Mile: 3:54.4 WR[2]
Mile 3:54.1 WR
4 x 1 mile relay: 16.23.8 WR (with Murray Halberg, Gary Philpott & Barry Magee)

Snell was voted New Zealand's "Sports Champion of the (20th) Century".[3] He was one of 24 inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame named in 2012.[4]

Snell died at his home in Dallas, Texas on 12 December 2019 of cardiovascular disease at the age of 80.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Peter Snell". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 All-Athletics. "Profile of Peter Snell".
  3. "New Zealand Sports Hall Of Fame". Peter Snell. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. IAAF Hall Of Fame. "Peter Snell to be inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame". IAAF Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. "'The greatest athlete NZ has had': Famed Olympian Sir Peter Snell has died, age 80". New Zealand Herald. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.