Sir Peter Snell wins 800m Gold, 1960

There were so many shining moments in Sir Peter Snell’s career that it is difficult to single out a highlight, but he nominates two.

“The first was the final of the Olympic 800m at Rome in 1960,” he says. “I was just 21 and when I burst through to win the final from Roger Moens, the world record-holder, I was stunned. I went to Rome hoping to make the final. It was hard to believe that suddenly I was an Olympic champion. I recall looking up to the giant results board above the track and seeing P G Snell NZL at the top of the list. That was one of the great thrills of my life.”

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