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Ronnie Delany

Full name: Ronald Michael "Ronnie" Delany
Other name(s): Ron Delany
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: March 6, 1935 in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
Affiliations: Crusaders Athletic Club, Dublin (IRL)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ronnie Delany’s first athletic achievement of note came when he made the final of the 800 m at the 1954 European Championships, but finished in eighth and last place. In 1956, Delany became the seventh runner to run a 4-minute mile, but still had trouble making the 1956 Irish Olympic team. At the Olympics, Delany was not favored in the 1,500 m, that role going to Australian [John Landy]. In the 1,500 m final, Delany stayed on Landy’s shoulder until the final lap, when he unleashed a crushing final sprint, winning the race in an Olympic record. Delany won bronze at the 1958 European Championships in the 1,500 and also competed at the 1960 Olympics, where he did not get past the 800 quarter-final. He also won an 800 gold at the 1961 World University Games.

Delany won four Irish national titles and, as a Villanova student, won NCAA 1,500 m titles from 1956-58, also adding the 1958 800 title. After finishing his sporting career, Delany first worked with Aer Lingus in the US. He then spent almost 20 years as Assistant Chief Executive of B&I Line with specific responsibility for the marketing and operations of the Irish Ferry Company based in Dublin. In 1998, Delany established his own highly successful Marketing / Sports Consultancy Business.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:47.1y (1961); 1500 – 3:41.49 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Ireland IRL 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's 800 metres Ireland IRL 6 h3 r2/4

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Ireland Quarter-Finals Heat Three 6 1:51.1 1:51.42
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Ireland Round One Heat Eight 3 QU 1:51.0 1:51.19

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Ireland Final 1 OR 3:41.2 3:41.49
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Ireland Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:47.4 3:47.48
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