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Merv Lincoln

Full name: Mervyn George "Merv" Lincoln
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: November 22, 1933 in Leongatha, Victoria, Australia
Died: May 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: University of Melbourne, Melbourne (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Merv Lincoln was one of the world’s great milers in the last half of the 1950s but had the misfortune to be competing at the same time as his countryman, [Herb Elliott]. Lincoln ran the 1,500 metres at Melbourne in 1956, placing 12th in the final. In 1957 he finished second to Elliott at the Australian Championships. Lincoln’s best year was 1958 when he won a silver medal at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, again finishing behind Elliott. In Dublin, on 6 August 1958 Lincoln ran 3:55.9 for the mile, more than a second under the world record but, unfortunately, Elliott was also in the race, and shattered the world record with 3:54.5. Lincoln, who was coached by Franz Stampfl, was ranked second in the world for 1958, but he never managed an Australian or an international because of always having to compete against Herb Elliott. Lincoln died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:42.0 (1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 12
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 7 h3 r1/2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Australia Final 12 3:51,9
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:45.4 3:45.63
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Australia Round One Heat Three 7 3:46.8 3:47.18
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