Story: Whanganui region

Peter Snell

Peter Snell

On 27 January 1962, 23-year-old Peter Snell set a new world record for running a mile – 3 minutes, 54.4 seconds – at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui. He had already achieved fame for his record-breaking (1 minute, 46.3 seconds) 800-metre race at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Outdoor recreation and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 15 Jun 2015