John Walker

New Zealand

Track & Field (1500 Meters)

B: January 12, 1952

1976 Olympic Champion

Walker burst to the international scene in 1974 where he finished second over 1500 meters at the Commonwealth Games behind Filbert Bayi, as both men bettered the world record. He also took the bronze medal at 800 meters. On August 12, 1975, Walker ran 3:49.4 for the mile, a new world record and the first man to run under 3:50. He was elected the Track and Field News Athlete of the Year. Without the African athletes, notably Bayi, present due to a boycott, Walker won the 1976 Olympic Gold medal in Montreal. In Montreal, he was eliminated in the heats of the 800 meters. He captured another Commonwealth Games silver medal over 1500 meters in 1982, behind Steve Cram. Walker competed at the 1984 Olympics, finishing 8th in the 5000 meters. In 1985, Walker became the first man to run 100 sub four minute miles, finishing his career with a total of 135. In 1990, Walker competed in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland at 800 and 1500 meters, marking the last chapter in his international career.

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