>However, none of Lydiard's runners ever ran as fast as Herb Elliott.<
3:54.5 Herb Elliott Herbert James "Herb" Elliott (February 25, 1938) was an Australian athlete, one of the world's greatest middle distance runners. He only ever lost one race over 1500 metres or the mile and during his career he broke the four-minute mile on 17 occasions.
Elliott, a native of Perth, Western Australia, set a new world record for the mile on August 6, 1958 (3.54,5) and broke the 1500 metres world record the same year.
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6 August 1958 Dublin
3:54.4 Peter Snell Peter George Snell (born December 17 1938), is a former New Zealand athlete. He had one of the shortest careers of world famous international sportsmen yet achieved so much that he was voted New Zealand’s ‘Sports Champion Of The (20th) Century’. A protege of the great New Zealand athletics coach Arthur Lydiard, Snell is known for the three Olympic gold medals he won, but is also respected not so much because of what he achieved, but how he achieved it -- with total dominance, grace and humility.
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3:54.1 Peter Snell (NZL) 17 November 1964 Auckland