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Two new books tell the stories of some of the great days in New Zealand athletics – the 1960s when Peter Snell and Murray Halberg were the best in the world and when Roy Williams won the decathlon at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1966.
The Snell-Halberg era is retold by one who toed the starting line with them, Vern Walker. The highlights are there – Peter Snell’s gold medals in Rome and Tokyo and Murray Halberg’s gold in Rome, but it’s the whole story as well: the training runs in Auckland under task master Arthur Lydiard, the races and runners which didn’t make the headlines; plus the worthy extras of the era, men such as Bill Baillie, Barry Magee, Neville Scott, John Davies, and still the only New Zealand woman to win a medal on the track at the Olympics, Marise Chamberlain.
Walker’s book, Peter Snell and the Kiwis Who Flew, is timed to mark fifty years since Snell’s golden double in Tokyo.
Roy Williams tells the story of his own achievements, and those of his illustrious sister, Yvette, in Sports Crazy – A Lifetime in Kiwi Sport
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