Murray Halberg wins 5000m Track Gold, Rome 1960

Murray Halberg won the Olympic 5000m gold medal in 1960, and the Empire Games three-mile golds in 1958 and 1962. In 1958, he became the first New Zealander to break four minutes for the mile. He decided on the same tactics he’d successfully employed at the 1958 Cardiff Empire Games – sprinting clear with three laps remaining and then holding on. It was a tactic that called for boldness and tenacity, and Halberg certainly had both those attributes. He decided on the same tactics he’d successfully employed at the 1958 Cardiff Empire Games – sprinting clear with three laps remaining and then holding on. It was a tactic that called for boldness and tenacity, and Halberg certainly had both those attributes finsihing with a time of 28m 48.5s. 

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