Dick Quax wins Silver in Montreal 1976

Dick Quax was one of two New Zealand runners racing in the 1976 Montreal Olympic 5000m final, joined on the starting line by Rod Dixon, this final turned out to be Quax’s most famous race. The race was most memorable and New Zealanders at home watched a dramatic final lap in which Lasse Viren of Finland again proved himself supreme, beating Quax by just one stride with Dixon slipping behind the lead duo, and eventually deprived of the bronze due to a desperate dive for the line by German runner Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand.

Quax had been looking for a 5000m-10,000m double in Montreal, but became very ill soon after arriving in Canada for the Olympic Games. He did not qualify for the 10,000m final and was fortunate he had recovered enough to do himself justice in the shorter race.

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