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Kiwiosities: Lovelock’s Mile

Excerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

Lovelock’s Mile

Actually a 1500 running race when Jack New Zealander Jack Lovelock      clipped a second off the world record with 3 minutes 47.8 seconds at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. The result, the equivalent of running a mile in four minutes four seconds, set the pace for a post-war battle to win the mile in less than four minutes.

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