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Former running great Dick Quax dies aged 70

News 28 May 2018, 11:22 IST



Former running great Dick Quax dies aged 70


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Wellington, May 28 (AFP) Former five,000m global record-holder and Olympic medallist Dick Quax died in New Zealand on Monday on the age of 70, after a protracted struggle with most cancers, Athletics New Zealand mentioned.

In the 1970s Quax used to be a part of a powerful New Zealand running trio with John Walker, an Olympic 1,500m gold medallist and global record-holder, and Rod Dixon, an Olympic bronze medallist and New York marathon winner.

Quax received silver within the five,000m on the 1976 Montreal Games, and 1,500m silver on the 1970 Commonwealth Games. In May 1977, he broke the five,000m global listing with a time of 13 mins 12.nine seconds.

“It’s with great sadness we learned of the death of Dick Quax, one of the all-time greats of our sport,” Athletics New Zealand tweeted.

Walker wrote on Facebook: “Dick was one of the fiercest and hardest working competitors on and off the track. He helped me a lot as a young athlete and I will always be grateful for our time shared during and after our running careers.”

Dixon mentioned it used to be a “most emotional time, my great friend and competitor passed away peacefully in New Zealand this morning”.

In the 1976 Olympic five,000m ultimate, by which Dixon completed fourth, Quax used to be crushed through a stride through Finland’s Lasse Viren after a dramatic dash over the general 100m.

For the previous 17 years the Dutch-born Quax, who arrived in New Zealand together with his circle of relatives in 1954, has been outstanding in native politics in New Zealand

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