Arthur Leslie Lydiard

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Coach, Athlete, Track and Field Athlete(c. 1917–)
Arthur Leslie Lydiard is a former marathon runner from from New Zealand and a coach of Olympic gold medalists. He popularized jogging in the 1960s.

Synopsis

Arthur Leslie Lydiard was born in Auckland, New Zealand. A marathon runner, he later achieved fame as a coach of middle-distance runners, two of whom, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic golds on the same afternoon in 1960. From 1960 he popularized the habit of jogging as a means of avoiding cardiac problems. Among his books are Run to the Top and Running the Lydiard Way.

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Athletics coach and author, born in Auckland, New Zealand. A marathon runner, he later achieved fame as the coach of many successful middle-distance runners, two of whom, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic golds on the same afternoon in 1960. His method emphasized building up strength through distance running before developing speed. From 1960 he popularized the habit of jogging as a means of avoiding cardiac problems. Among his books are Run to the Top (1960), Run for Your Life (1965), and Running the Lydiard Way (1978).

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