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Van Nelson

Full name: Van Arthur Nelson
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: November 24, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: St. Cloud State Huskies, St. Cloud (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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Van Nelson won the 5K/10K double at the 1967 Pan American Games, one of only two athletes to win that double (Osvaldo Suárez [ARG] did it in 1955). In that same year he was double silver medalist in the two distance events at the World University Games. He was AAU 6-mile champion in 1967 and finished third in the AAU 10K in 1968. At 3-miles/5K he was fourth in the AAU in 1966 and 1968 and third in 1967. He ran for St. Cloud State College.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:17.9 (1964); 2 miles – 8:39.2i (1967); 5000 – 13:39.4 (1967); 10000 – 28:48.20 (1967); 3000S – 9:22.4 (1966).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 29

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Standings 29 31:40.2
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