Herb Elliott

1938 - Today

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Herbert James Elliott AC MBE (born 25 February 1938) is a former Australian athlete and arguably the world's greatest middle distance runner of his era. In August 1958 he set the world record in the mile run, clocking 3:54.5, 2.7 seconds under the record held by Derek Ibbotson; later in the month he set the 1500 metres world record, running 3.36.0, 2.1 seconds under the record held by Stanislav Jungwirth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herb Elliott has received more than 150,334 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Herb Elliott is the 852nd most popular athlete (down from 623rd in 2019), the 285th most popular biography from Australia (down from 243rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Australian Athlete.

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Among athletes, Herb Elliott ranks 852 out of 3,055Before him are Alessandro Andrei, Vicki Draves, Daniel Kinsey, György Gedó, Bud Houser, and Viktor Mamatov. After him are Roy Cochran, Halil Mutlu, Harriet Bland, Bob Schul, Greg Bell, and Bernard Tchoullouyan.

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Among people born in 1938, Herb Elliott ranks 420Before him are Napoleon Chagnon, Neil Abercrombie, Stanley Fish, Galina Gorokhova, Romano Fogli, and Shivkumar Sharma. After him are Dietrich Stobbe, Shuji Tsurumi, Alan Rees, Richard Goldstone, Gerry Byrne, and Neville Lederle.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Herb Elliott ranks 285 out of 790Before him are Marjorie Jackson-Nelson (1931), Paul Stoddart (1955), Aurelio Vidmar (1967), John Broughton (1952), Ben Chifley (1885), and Simone Young (1961). After him are Tim Cahill (1979), Lionel Cox (1930), Darren Hayes (1972), Daphne Akhurst (1903), Leigh Whannell (1977), and Lauren Jackson (1981).

Among ATHLETES In Australia

Among athletes born in Australia, Herb Elliott ranks 10Before him are Bobby Pearce (1905), Nick Winter (1894), John Winter (1924), Shirley Strickland (1925), Stan Rowley (1876), and Marjorie Jackson-Nelson (1931). After him are Cathy Freeman (1973), Norma Croker (1934), John Landy (1930), Robert de Castella (1957), Michael Wenden (1949), and Lorraine Crapp (1938).