Peter Snell

1938 - 2019

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Sir Peter George Snell (17 December 1938 – 12 December 2019) was a New Zealand middle-distance runner. He won three Olympic gold medals, and is the only man since 1920 to have won the 800 and 1500 metres at the same Olympics, in 1964. Snell had a relatively short career as a world-famous international sportsman, 1960–1965, yet achieved so much that he was voted New Zealand's "Sports Champion of the (20th) Century" and was one of 24 inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame named in 2012. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Snell has received more than 235,233 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Peter Snell is the 134th most popular athlete (up from 215th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from New Zealand (up from 26th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Athlete.

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Among athletes, Peter Snell ranks 134 out of 3,055Before him are Esther Brand, William Hoyt, Vera Krepkina, Frank Jarvis, Pyotr Bolotnikov, and Gisela Mauermayer. After him are Volodymyr Holubnychy, Alfred Schmidt, Carlos Lopes, Olga Fikotová, Galina Chistyakova, and Johan Grøttumsbråten.

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Among people born in 1938, Peter Snell ranks 227Before him are Juan Carlos Wasmosy, Maxim Shostakovich, Margarita Salas, John Kufuor, Chuan Leekpai, and Holger Czukay. After him are Mirko Kovač, Aleksei Yuryevich German, Mort Shuman, Durdy Bayramov, Ieronymos II of Athens, and Anna Wierzbicka. Among people deceased in 2019, Peter Snell ranks 184Before him are Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, Margarita Salas, Keith Flint, Elio Sgreccia, Rudi Gutendorf, and John C. Bogle. After him are James Ingram, Tania Mallet, Fahrudin Jusufi, José José, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Carlo Maria Abate.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Peter Snell ranks 25 out of 206Before him are Karl Urban (1972), Ngaio Marsh (1895), Manu Bennett (1969), Marton Csokas (1966), Nancy Wake (1912), and Patsy Reddy (1954). After him are Cliff Curtis (1968), Andrew Niccol (1964), Helen Clark (1950), Taika Waititi (1975), Roy Kerr (1934), and Rosé (1997).

Among ATHLETES In New Zealand

Among athletes born in New Zealand, Peter Snell ranks 1After him are Yvette Williams (1929), Murray Halberg (1933), Jack Lovelock (1910), John Walker (1952), Neroli Fairhall (1944), Dudley Storey (1939), Valerie Adams (1984), Simon Dickie (1951), Barbara Kendall (1967), Hamish Carter (1971), and Tom Ashley (1984).