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Sir Peter Snell
KNZM OBE
Peter Snell 1964.jpg
Snell at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Birth name Peter George Snell
Born (1938-12-17)17 December 1938
Opunake, New Zealand
Died 12 December 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 80)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Residence Texas, United States
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m, 1500 m
Coached by Arthur Lydiard
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 metres: 1:44.3 (WR)
880 yards: 1:45.1 WR
1000 metres: 2:16.6 WR
1500 metres: 3:37.6
Mile: 3:54.4 WR
Mile 3:54.1 WR
4 x 1 mile relay: 16.23.8 WR (with Murray Halberg, Gary Philpott & Barry Magee)

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.

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

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


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