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Albie Thomas

Full name: Albert George "Albie" Thomas
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: February 8, 1935 in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
Died: October 27, 2013 in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: St. George DAC, Hurstville (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Albert Thomas was a top Australian distance runner who was just of the very top level internationally. He competed at three Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964), in the 5,000 m all three times and the 1,500 in 1960-64, with a best finish of fifth place in the 1956 5K. Thomas also appeared at the British Empire Games in 1958 and 1962, winning a silver medal in the 3-miles and a bronze in the mile in 1958. He set two world records, recording 13:10.6 for 3-miles on 9 July 1958 in Santry, Ireland, and 29 days later, broke the 2-mile record with 8:32.0. The day before that mark, he had been the pacemaker during Herb Elliott’s mile world record of 3:54.5, with Thomas hanging on to finish fifth in 3:58.6, his first mile under four-minutes.

Domestically, Thomas was Australian champion in the 3-miles from 1957-59 and in the mile from 1962-65, after Elliott’s retirement. He won 23 New South Wales state titles over distances from one mile to the marathon, from 1957-65 (mile\: 1959-65; 3-miles\: 1958-61, 1963-65; 6-miles\: 1957/65; cross-country\: 1959/64, novice cross-country\: 1954; and marathon\: 1963). He retired in 1966 and began a 27-year career with Qantas, although he continued to run, winning the inaugural World Masters titles in the 1,500 and 5,000 in 1975. He also coached runners, both elite and club athletes.

Personal Bests\: 1500 – 3:42.6 (1964); Mile – 3:58.3 (1964); 2-mile – 8:32.0 (1958); 5000 – 13:50.0 (1964); 10,000 – 29:21.0 (1956); Marathon – 2-29:04 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 5
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 5 h2 r1/2
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 11
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 9 h2 r1/3
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 11 h2 r1/2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 5 3:46.8 3:46.95
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 9 3:54.9

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Australia Final 5 14:04.6 14:05.03
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Australia Round One Heat Three 1 QU 14:14.2 14:14.41
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Australia Final 11 14:20.4 14:20.88
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Australia Round One Heat Three 3 QU 14:06.2 14:06.27
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 11 14:27.8
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