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50 years on from Tokyo

Peter Snell

Les Mills hosted a function at his home on Saturday for members of the track and field team on the 50th anniversary of competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Present at the function were Bill Baillie sixth in the 5000m, Marise Chamberlain bronze medal in the 800m, Jeff Julian 29th in the marathon, Ivan Keats 42nd in the marathon, Avis McIntosh, now Avis Fletcher fifth in the 80m hurdles semi-final and sixth in the 100m quarter-final, Barry Magee 23rd in the 10,000m and Les Mills seventh in the shot put. Also present were Max Carr now 92 the athletics section manager and Zelda Bridgens now 88 the team chaperone. Best wishes were received from Doreen Porter and Sir Peter Snell in the States. Also unable to attend were Sir Murray Halberg, Ray Puckett and Val Young. John Davies, Neville Scott and the team coach Arthur Lydiard are deceased. Each of those who attended gave a little story about the Games and what happened in their event.

The athletics at the Games went from the 14th to the 21st October 1964. Peter Snell won the 800m on the 16th of October and the 1500m gold medal with John Davies taking the bronze medal on the 21st of October. The day before on the 20th October Marise Chamberlain won the bronze in the women’s 800m.

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