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Peter Snell
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Athlete
    (December 17, 1938-December 12, 2019)
    Born in Opunake, New Zealand
    Middle-distance runner
    Won two Olympic gold medals in 800 meters (1960,1964), one gold medal in 1500 meters (1964)
    Held world records in 800 meters (1962-73) and the mile (1962-65)
    Director of the Human Performance Center at the University of Texas
    Named a Knight Commander of the Order of New Zealand (2009)
    He was considered short and stocky for a runner.
    His hips were so small, he needed to have his shorts specially tailored to keep from falling down.
    After retiring from sports, he went to work for a tobacco company.
    He was married to Miki Snell for 55 years.
    He won his age group (65 and older) at the United States Orienteering Championship (2003).
    His former world record time in the 800 meters (set in 1962) remained the fastest time recorded by a New Zealander at the time of his death, and was the oldest national record recognized by World Athletics.
    He was voted New Zealand’s Sports Champion of the Century (2000).

Credit: C. Fishel


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