I thought he'd competed in a Masters event in an indoor meet in NYC about 10 or 15 years ago. If I recall, he won a mile in just under 5 minutes.
Nevertheless, it'd be great to see him competeing again!
there is so many ways to look at a 65 yr old x-super star. a 3 min half would be great in the big picture. if peter has even a small flame left of that burning competive fire and can train who knows what he can do. 3:00-2:15??????
In the mid-'70s, when Superstars competitions were all the rage, there was a Kiwi version, in which Snell competed against John Walker and Rod Dixon, among others. Not sure, but i THINK he won. I recall Walker and Dixon saying they had never seen such a complete natural athlete, and he did something like pick up a bow and arrow for the first time and run off a string of bullseyes, or the like. (Story did/has probably grown in the telling, and with the fuzzing of tiem, but bottom line is that Walker and Dixon at their peaks were truly amazed at what a Snell who was 15 years older could sitll do)
I am always amazed at how extraordinarily differently people age. NEVER bet on masters athletes because of what they did at their peak. Many great former athletes have discovered that Father Time has not been kind to them - even if they stayed in shape and slim - and some run-of-the-mill guys don't lose much at all and suddenly find themselves doing very well. PS could be a 2:15 guy or a 3:15 guy.
Maybe, but I don't know if he would even bother if he'd be running 3:15. Also, the article made it sound like he was taking it somewhat seriously. This along with his understanding of the event, the physiology and the necessary training make me think it will be much closer to 2:15 (maybe even better) than to 3:15.
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As I recall, Snell competed in the Superstars open competition. As a tennis player he was perhaps a bit of a ringer. I seem to recall him being wiped out in a fall on the bicycle - someone fell in front and brought him down. At the time I felt he was cheated out of points since it wasn't he that precipitated the fall.
" hey snell great time trial that 2:36 you just ran was not bad. whata think about going to the masters champ. as an x olympic champion wouldnt it be cool to travel to the meet and get maybe 10th place."
here is a conversation much more likely-
"hey snell great time trial. that time you just ran could win the world championship, maybe a new world record to-boot mate. lets do it!"
A google for Snell and Rothman's turned up this entry in a Sacred Heart College (of Auckland) reunion chat board
<<In my years at SHC, I can recall running track with the team and one day, Peter Snell showed up to train with us. There we were with the future World Record holder in the mile and the Gold Medal winner in the Olympics. Guess what Mr. Snell did when he was not running...he was a sales rep for Rothman's cigarettes! He even showed up at the college that day in a car with the Rothmann's logo on the side door. >>
I just got off the phone with Peter and he asked me to set some things straight:
He is not, in any way, making any sort of athletics comeback. 8min miles are all he manages these days, as far as running goes. He will be cheering ont he New Zealand masters runners, as well as competing in masters orienteering, a sport in which Peter plans to continue competing for sometime.
Trackhead, could U please email me privately with any other details of your chat with Dr. Snell? Did he call you? Is he aware that the UK magazine Running Fitness jumped the gun -- suggesting a track comeback? Just curious.
> as well as competing in masters orienteering, a sport in which Peter plans to continue competing for sometime.
Shades of Gordon Pirie here who was also quite serious about orienteering. It seems that there should be more cross over with track. Certainly in my university days we would persuade quite a few orienteers to compete in the 5000m and cross country. They were excellent runners (no surprises there of course).