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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 335,248 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Peter Snell is the 269th most popular athlete (down from 134th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 25th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Athlete.

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Among athletes, Peter Snell ranks 269 out of 3,059Before him are Olga Gyarmati, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, Bernd Kannenberg, Christian d'Oriola, Boughera El Ouafi, and Earle Meadows. After him are Henrik Sjöberg, Håkon Brusveen, Kinue Hitomi, Magnar Solberg, George S. Robertson, and Richard Sheldon.

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Among people born in 1938, Peter Snell ranks 301Before him are Barry Jackson, Bahram Beyzai, Herman Daly, Cayetano Ré, Mahmoud El-Gohary, and Jaki Liebezeit. After him are Barry Dennen, Timo Mäkinen, Durdy Bayramov, Gimax, András Balczó, and Millie Perkins. Among people deceased in 2019, Peter Snell ranks 246Before him are Dr. John, Gloria Vanderbilt, Robert Evans, Guillaume Faye, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, and Charles Kittel. After him are Piero Tosi, Arif Malikov, Elina Bystritskaya, Johnny Clegg, Sergei Yursky, and Bayram Şit.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Peter Snell ranks 42 out of 248Before him are William Phillips (1914), Helen Clark (1950), Gary Thain (1948), Wynton Rufer (1962), Patsy Reddy (1954), and Thomas Williams (1930). After him are Clive Revill (1930), Catherine Tizard (1931), Howden Ganley (1941), Raymond Firth (1901), Jean Batten (1909), and Keith Urban (1967).

Among ATHLETES In New Zealand

Among athletes born in New Zealand, Peter Snell ranks 1After him are Yvette Williams (1929), Neroli Fairhall (1944), Jack Lovelock (1910), Murray Halberg (1933), John Walker (1952), Laurel Hubbard (1978), Dudley Storey (1939), Mark Todd (1956), Valerie Adams (1984), Joe Earl (1952), and Simon Dickie (1951).