The new zealand atletiklegende Sir Peter Snell is dead. He was 80 years old.

Snell won three OLYMPIC gold medals in the 800 and 1500 meter races and set six world records. It writes the media

The first gold medal he secured at the OLYMPICS in Rome in 1960 in the 800 meter race.

Four years later – at the OLYMPICS in Tokyo, he wrote atletikhistorie at which the first male runner since 1920 to win gold in both distances at the same OLYMPICS. The performance has no male runner since been able to repeat.

Mellemdistanceikonet is also historic as the holder of the oldest national record in an OLYMPIC distance. No runners in New Zealand has thus managed to surpass his time of 1 minute and 44,30 seconds in the 800 metres. The record set Peter Snell in 1962, and it is still here 57 years later.

Sir Peter Sell was 80 years old. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

Peter Snell was in 2000 named as New Zealand’s greatest sportsperson of the 20th century. century. He was also knighted and then they could add a Sir in front of his name.

In 2012, he was among the 24 first, as was elected into The International Atletikforbunds Hall of Fame.

Sir Peter Sell was in 2004 honored with a postage stamp. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

His career as one of the world’s best mellemdistanceløbere lasted a relatively short time – from 1960 to 1965.

After pigskoene was put on the shelf, moved Peter Snell to Texas in the UNITED states. He died Thursday at his home in Dallas.

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