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    Peter Snell RIP 1938-2019
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    Peter Snell died today at his home in Dallas. RIP
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    That sucks.....he was only 81.... with Quax and now Snell....

    Anyways what a marvel to watch at his peak....
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    RIP Sir Peter
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    E te rangatira rongonui, Ta Pita, kua hinga koe te kauri nui o te Ao.

    Sir Peter Snell the great kauri tree of the forest of the world of athletics has fallen.

    Haere atu ra, haere atu ra. Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.

    Farewell, fare well, Sleep in peace forever.

    Sir Peter died in Dallas this morning at the age of 80.
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    E te rangatira rongonui, Ta Pita, kua hinga koe te kauri nui o te Ao.

    Sir Peter Snell the great kauri tree of the forest of the world of athletics has fallen.

    Haere atu ra, haere atu ra. Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.

    Farewell, fare well, Sleep in peace forever.

    Sir Peter died in Dallas this morning at the age of 80.
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    Trying to delete this thread as I just noticed Bambam had started a thread in historical.Unfortunately, my skills don't know how to let me do this
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJQoo70Lic

    Watch the acceleration on the backstretch of the last lap of the Tokyo 1500
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    I first met Peter when I was 11 years old in Jan 1962. He was with Arthur Lydiard and was doing repeat 440s at our local grass track. Got his autograph.

    A few years later at 17, I found myself sitting next to him on a DC3 flying to the national Junior champs. His words must have had profound effect because I did 24'5" and 49'6" in the LJ and TJ. A couple of weeks later John Chaplin called and I soon found myself in the Pullman.

    4 years later I met Peter again in Pullman. I was leaving having just graduated. He was arriving to do his PhD (maybe Masters ), at WSU.

    A very gentle and humble champion. NZs greatest ever athlete
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJQoo70Lic

    Watch the acceleration on the backstretch of the last lap of the Tokyo 1500
    This looks like what Ovett did at the 1977 world cup albeit 13 years prior. Impressive destruction of the field.

    I took a physiology class with Snell in 2003 in USATF coaching education-he was a very good instructor IMO.
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    in the mid-'70s on the indoor circuit I used to hang with the Kiwis, and at one meet Walker, Dixon & Quax and I (excuse the name-dropping) were sitting in the bar hoisting an adult beverage or three and subject of Snell came up.

    John had recently competed in the New Zealand version of Superstars and said Snell was the greatest all-around athlete he had ever seen. He cited Snell's picking up a bow and arrow for the first time and pounding bullseye after bullseye.
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