Vale Ron Clarke MBE OAM ASM

Sad news today of the passing of Ron Clarke.

Arguably the best distance runner of all time, Mr Clarke held 17 World Records and yet never won an Olympic gold medal.

On 10 July 1965, at London’s White City Stadium, he became the first man to run 3 miles in under 13 minutes, lowering the world record to 12:52.4.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Clarke collapsed and nearly died from altitude sickness sustained during the gruelling 10,000 m race final.

He was elected Mayor of the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2004.

He later became instrumental in winning the bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Australia has lost another of her sporting fold … Rest in Peace.

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