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Peter Snell - Athlete Short Film – 1964 Sport Documentary

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This NFU classic tells Peter Snell's story up to just prior to his triumph at the Tokyo Olympics (he had already won 800m gold in Rome and held the world record for the mile). Snell's commentary — focused, candid — plays over footage of training and racing. "It always gives a feeling of exhilaration to run in the New Zealand all black singlet." He offers insight into the methods of coach Arthur Lydiard (15 miles a day, 100 miles a week). Includes priceless footage of Snell running in the Waiatarua hills, through bush and leaping farm fences. 

I was almost horrified at the pace of it actually, it was far too fast, far faster than I really wanted to do.
- Snell after breaking world record for 1/2 mile in Christchurch 1962

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Licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 New Zealand - CC BY 3.0 NZ

Acknowledgements

Archives New Zealand copy reference AAPG W3606/1434
35mm motion picture film

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