The Unbeatable Herb Elliot – Men’s 1,500m | Rome 1960 Olympics

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Relive the amazing athletic ability of Australia’s Herb Elliot as he sets a new world record to win 1500m gold at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

Inspired by the 1956 Melbourne Games in his home country, Herb Elliot began training with coach Percy Cerutti with the 1960 Olympic Games in mind. By 1958, Elliott had already won the Commonwealth Games and established two world records in the 1,500 metres and the mile.

Having also an unbeaten record in both those distances, it was clear that, even before the Rome 1960 Olympic Games began, Herb Elliott was already the 1,500 metres favourite.

During the race, Elliott started at the back, letting other competitors take the initial lead. Just short of 500 metres to go, he took the lead and left people wondering only if Elliott would break his own record as he won the race.

Herb Elliott won the Olympic gold medal with a world record time of 3:35.6, being considered at the time the greatest middle distance runner ever.

He retired from athletics in that same year, at the age of 22, maintaining his unbeaten record.

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