July 02, 2020
"I’m delighted to donate my warm-up suit to the Heritage Collection. Through its preservation and public display, I hope the suit helps to create interest in running for generations to come.”
By Chris Turner for World Athletics Heritage
New Zealand’s 1976 Olympic 1500m champion Sir John...
December 29, 2019
"They didn’t expect I would win that race. John [Walker] knew that maybe I would die – but I was prepared for that one!”
By Mike Rowbottom for World Athletics
Among the past contests highlighted during last month’s World Athletics' inaugural Heritage Mile Night in Monaco was the epic 1500m...
August 27, 2019
“I felt I could not have run a more perfect race.”
Steve Landells for the IAAF
The IAAF takes a look back at five unforgettable, historic races over the classic Mile distance.
1954 – Oxford, England
Roger Bannister’s Mile world record may have only lasted a mere 46 days but his place...
March 12, 2018
"This is a legacy for others. When they look at the statue kids can say to each other 'if he can do it, so can I'."
One of the country's sporting heroes has been immortalized in his hometown.
Olympic champion and Mile world record holder Sir John Walker unveiled a...
July 05, 2017
"I wasn’t afraid I would die; I knew I was dying."
By Cathal Dennehy, Independent.ie
For those who suffer through the sadistic challenge of a sub-4 minute Mile, there is a sound that offers hope, which arrives as both a sweet reprieve and a call to arms in their time of despair. It's the...
March 22, 2017
Statue of the first man to record a sub-3:50 Mile to be cast by sculptor Joanne Sullivan
By Radio New Zealand
A bronze statue of New Zealand athletics legend Sir John Walker is to be placed in Manurewa town center in Auckland.
Walker, who initially ran for the Manurew Harriers club, won the...
January 31, 2017
“My mental approach was not focusing on the individuals I couldn’t control, but focus on myself. It normally worked out all right.”
By Cameron Tucker, Athletics Weekly
Last year was a record-breaking one in sport for New Zealand. The island nation, renowned for its haka-dancing rugby team,...
August 24, 2016
"It's a fantastic achievement, but just what he deserves because he's stuck at it for a long time. He's had his ups and downs but I believe he was in very good shape going into this competition... it became a tactician's race and Nick put himself in a position to win."
By Marc Hinton, Stuff
August 19, 2015
Jack Lovelock, Peter Snell, and John Walker paved the way for future Kiwi stars like Nick Willis.
By Roger Robinson, Running Times
When Nick Willis was a boy in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, he used to watch videos of Kiwis Jack Lovelock, Peter Snell, and John Walker winning Olympic 1500m gold...
August 11, 2015
In Gothenburg 40 years ago, Mile legend Walker had to front-run it, as he suspected would happen anyway, "but I didn't bargain running as much on my own".
By David Leggat, New Zealand Herald
Of the big three, it's the performance that tends to slip the mind. To a point you understand why,...
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