Full name: Peter George Snell
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: December 17, 1938 in Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)
Three-time Olympic champion and world record-holder, Peter Snell is one of New Zealand's greatest sports achievers, and some say the greatest. He was little-known outside of Auckland when he went to the Rome Olympics in 1960 but he became an instant national celebrity when he won the 800 metres, an hour before training partner [Murray Halberg] also won Olympic gold. Both were coached by Arthur Lydiard. Two years later, Snell set a world mile record in Wanganui and a week later set new world marks in Christchurch for the 800 metres and 880 yards. Later the same year, he won the mile and 880 yards at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, but his team was eliminated in the heats of the 4Ã440 yards relay. In 1964, he successfully defended his Olympic 800 metres title and won the 1500 metres as well. In November 1964, he set world records for the 1000 metres and the mile and then retired from track in 1965.
Snell moved to live in the United States in the 70s where he gained a doctorate in exercise physiology at Washington State University. He was able to do that by using money he had made in winning the "Superstars," a made-for-TV event in the US pitting top athletes from various sports against each other in an all-around type competition. He became director of the Human Performance Centre at the University of Texas in 1990. Snell in 2000 was voted New Zealand's Sports Champion of the 20th Century. He was made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 and is now known as Sir Peter Snell.
Personal Bests: 800 â 1:44.3 (1962); 1500 â 3:37.6 (1964).
|1960 Summer||21||Roma||Athletics||Men's 800 metres||New Zealand||NZL||1||Gold||OR|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 800 metres||New Zealand||NZL||1||Gold||OR|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||New Zealand||NZL||1||Gold|
|1960 Summer||21||Roma||Athletics||New Zealand||Final||1||OR||1:46.3||1:46.48|
|1960 Summer||21||Roma||Athletics||New Zealand||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU||1:47.2||1:47.34|
|1960 Summer||21||Roma||Athletics||New Zealand||Quarter-Finals||Heat Four||2||QU||1:48.6||1:48.84|
|1960 Summer||21||Roma||Athletics||New Zealand||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU||1:48.1||1:48.22|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Final||1||OR||1:45.1|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||1:46.9|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU||1:49.0|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Final||1||3:38.1|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||3:38.8|
|1964 Summer||25||Tokyo||Athletics||New Zealand||Round One||Heat Three||4||QU||3:46.8|