>However, none of Lydiard's runners ever ran as fast as Herb Elliott.<
3:54.5 Herb Elliott
3:54.4 Peter Snell
Very smart to use the mile distance, and miss 1500m distance to turn on the arguments for Peter Snell !
Ok, i agree, what Peter Snell did that´s a great achievement, but that´s not by the fact that Herb did win a single medal - smashing the others as no one else did at that time that Herb performances are more or less than Peter Snell. Each one in his own time they both were fantastics. But Herb is a case similar to El Guerrouj. He never lost a single 1500m race for a long period.