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Cooks Gardens in Whanganui made international headlines in January 1962, when New Zealand athlete Peter Snell ran a mile in 3 minutes and 54.4 seconds, setting a new world record. A protégé of the running coach Arthur Lydiard, Snell won gold for New Zealand at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics. He is commemorated at Cooks Gardens by a statue gazing towards the finish line.
Related web links:
Peter Snell breaks world mile record
Arthur Leslie Lydiard
Whanganui region: outdoor recreation and leisure
Golden day for runners in Rome
Peter Snell wins second gold in Tokyo
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