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Sir Peter Snell
Peter Snell 1964.jpg
Snell at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Birth namePeter George Snell[1]
Born17 December 1938(1938-12-17)[1]
Opunake, New Zealand[1]
Died12 December 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 80)
Dallas, Texas, United States
ResidenceTexas, United States
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Event(s)800 m, 1500 m
Coached byArthur Lydiard
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 metres: 1:44.3[2] (WR)
880 yards: 1:45.1 WR
1000 metres: 2:16.6 WR
1500 metres: 3:37.6[2]1
Mile: 3:54.4 WR[2]
Mile 3:54.1 WR
4 x 1 mile relay: 16.23.8 WR (with Murray Halberg, Gary Philpott & Barry Magee)

Sir Peter George Snell (17 December 1938 – 12 December 2019) was a New Zealand middle-distance runner. He won three Olympic gold medals.

Snell was voted New Zealand's "Sports Champion of the (20th) Century".[3] He was one of 24 inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame named in 2012.[4]

Snell died at his home in Dallas, Texas on 12 December 2019 of cardiovascular disease at the age of 80.[5]