PERSONAL RECORD. THORN, GEORGE [ROME OLYMPICS 3]

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Filmed by George Thorn, assistant manager of the 1960 New Zealand Olympic team.

The XVII Olympiad was held in Rome from 25 August to 11 September 1960. New Zealand sent a team of 38 athletes and ten officials, flag-bearer for the team was Les Mills.

One of New Zealand’s most memorable days at an Olympic Games was in Rome in 1960 when Murray Halberg won the gold medal in the 5000 metres within an hour of Peter Snell’s 800 metre victory. Snell had arrived at the Olympics a complete unknown, however, he won in a record time of1 minute 46.3 seconds.

Olympic yachting regatta. Tall ship. Flags flying in the breeze. Opening ceremony. Torch brought into the stadium. Olympic flame ignited. NZ team marches past. Rowing regatta. Medal ceremonies. Team relaxing by the pool. Murray Halberg competing in 5,000 metres. New Zealand’s gold medalists, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, pose for the camea. Scenes at a [Thailand] zoo.

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Year 1960

Reference number F29183

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:18:00

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