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Herb Elliott

Full name: Herbert James "Herb" Elliott
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 25, 1938 in Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Affiliations: Coburg Harriers, Coburg (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Although Herb Elliott had a somewhat short career as a competitive athlete from 1957-62, he is still considered as one of the greatest middle-distance runners in the world, and many experts still consider him the greatest ever at 1,500/mile. During his career Elliott lost only one 1,500/mile race and broke four minutes for the mile 17 times. He rose to fame at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, where he won both the 880 yds and mile. A few weeks later, on 6 August 1958, Elliott set a mile world record of 3:54.5 in Dublin and, on 28 August 1958, he broke the 1,500 m record in Göteberg by running 3:36.0. He also won the 1958 AAU mile and, with those achievements, Elliott was selected as the male athlete of the year by the Associated Press. Elliott went to the 1960 Olympics as a clear favorite for the 1,500 gold and won the Olympic title with a world record 3:35.6. After the Olympics Elliott enrolled at Cambridge University and ended his sporting career in 1962. Elliott later worked as the CEO of Puma North America and, between 2001-06, as a board member at Ansell, one of the world's biggest condom makers. Beginning in May 2005, Elliott served as Deputy Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, a large iron ore miner, and became non-executive chairman of the firm in March 2007. He has also been Director of Athlete and Corporate Relations for the Australian Olympic Committee.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:35.6 (1960).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 1 Gold WR

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Australia Final 1 WR 3:35.6
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Australia Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:41.4 3:41.50
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