Middle Distance Running in History

Events in Sport

  • 1955-08-03 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • 1960-09-02 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 1960-09-06 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6
  • 2016-08-20 Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909-08-04 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1930-04-26 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • 1936-08-08 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1938-12-17 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), born in Opunake, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1951-12-17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1964-07-19 Gina Procaccio, American long and middle distance runner, born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-03-07 James 'Jim' Spivey, American middle-distance runner, born in Schiller Park, Illinois
  • 1972-12-12 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • 1980-06-18 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner (World C'ship bronze 2005, only non-African runner to medal in event since 1987), born in Frankston, Victoria
  • 1980-07-24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner

Weddings in Sport

  • 1968-10-26 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City

Deaths in Sport

  • 1988-03-10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • 2010-11-14 Wes Santee, American middle distance runner, dies at 78