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Yes, sorry, 1:44.3 was the time on the grass track. (The memory is the first thing to go...). Dr. Darren - Please forgive my misstep there. Still, very impressive run and well documented.

From Wikipedia:

"Snell's former world records of 1 minute 44.3 seconds for 800 m, set on 3 February 1962, and 2 minutes 16.6 seconds for 1000 m set on 12 November 1964, remain the New Zealand national records for these distances [1].

Snell's 800 m time from 1962 remains the fastest ever run over that distance on a grass track. It is also the oldest national record recognized by the IAAF for a standard track and field event."

Snell himself tends to downplay the fact that it was on grass, because he says it was an excellent running surface. Nevertheless, it was a heck of a run for 1962. My only point was that Lydiard's training approach obviously can work for some 800 meter athletes.

And yes Kaching, right on, Arthur himself said it's all about the proper balance between aerobic and anaerobic development. His athletes "did something about their speed" all year 'round.

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