5 Aug 2012

Snell ranked among world's all-time best athletes

1:45 pm on 5 August 2012

Athletics New Zealand has welcomed the induction of Sir Peter Snell into the International Association of Athletics Federation's inaugural Hall of Fame.

Sir Peter, who won three Olympic gold medals - in the 800 metres in 1960, and the 800 and 1500 metres in 1964 - will be one of 24 members.

The others already named include the American track and field star Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics; the Australian runner Betty Cuthbert, who won four gold medals and set nine world records; and the Czech long-distance star Emil Zatopek.

The general manager of Athletics New Zealand, Scott Newman, says it's fantastic recognition for Sir Peter and for New Zealand athletics.

"He's there with the very best in the world now," Mr Newman says.

Sir Peter was named New Zealand's sports champion of the 20th century in 2000.

The official induction ceremony will be held at the IAAF centenary gala in the Spanish city of Barcelona in November.