Peter Snell

Peter Snell

New Zealand runner, three-time Olympic champion
Date of Birth: 17.12.1938
Country: New Zealand

  1. Biography of Peter Snell
  2. Olympic Achievements
  3. World Records
  4. Life and Work
  5. "No Pipes, No Drums"

Biography of Peter Snell

Peter Snell is a New Zealand middle-distance runner and a three-time Olympic champion. He trained under Arthur Lydiard and achieved remarkable success in his athletic career.

Olympic Achievements

Snell became an Olympic champion in 1960, winning the gold medal in the 800 meters event. He continued his dominance in the Olympics by winning two more gold medals in the 800 meters event in 1964. Additionally, he excelled in the Commonwealth Games in 1962, winning gold medals in both the 880 yards (setting a Games record) and 1 mile events.

World Records

Snell set a total of six world records during his career. He held the world record in the 800 meters from 1962 to 1973 and in the 1 mile from 1962 to 1965. He also holds the current national record in New Zealand for the 800 meters since 1962.

Life and Work

Since 1971, Snell has been living in the United States. He earned a PhD degree from Washington State University in 1982. Since 1990, he has been heading the Human Performance Laboratory at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which is part of the University of Texas System. His research interests lie in metabolic adaptation to physical activity.

"No Pipes, No Drums"

In 1972, a book titled "No Pipes, No Drums" was published in the USSR, which documented Snell's biography based on his words. The book, written by journalist Gart Gilmore, portrays Snell's love for running, the pursuit of excellence in sports, the camaraderie among runners, and the immense dedication required to become a champion. It is regarded by sports commentator Vasily Parnyakov as the "best book on running of all time" and is recommended for sports enthusiasts, from beginners to professional athletes, to read.