Filmtipp: John Walker – The 3.49,4 Man


Weiter geht es mit eine Dokumentation über 1500m Olympiasieger 1976 und Weltrekordler Sir John Walker.

On the eve of the 1976 Olympics, this Keith Quinn-scripted NZBC profile traces the career of champion athlete John Walker from a training averse teenager at the Manurewa Harrier Club to his world mile record triumph in Göteborg, Sweden. Walker still smarts from his second place to Filbert Bayi in the 1500m at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, but what are euphemistically referred to as „political implications“ (NZ sporting ties with South Africa) have prevented further match-ups — and will ultimately remove the Tanzanian from the race so keenly anticipated here.

NZonScreen | John Walker – The 3.49.4 Man Television – 1976

Dokumentation – John Walker – The 3.49.4 Man

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Und hier noch John Walker im Jahr 1985 in „This is your Life“.
NZonScreen | This is Your Life – John Walker
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Filmtipp: Black Gold

NZonScreen – Black Gold

Der etwas andere „Black Friday“ und noch dazu alles gratis für alle Neuseelandfreunde. 😉

For a small country from the edge of the world, achievements on the Olympic stage are badges — silver fern-on-black — of national pride: precious moments where we gained notice (even if it was Mum’s anthem playing on the dais). This legacy collection draws on archive footage, some rarely seen, to celebrate the stories behind Kiwis going for gold.

NZonScreen | Black Gold

Filmtipp: Remember ’74 (1990)


In this TVNZ doco — made for the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games — Keith Quinn looks back at the last time the Games were hosted in New Zealand: Christchurch 1974. Largely an on-field survey peppered with Kiwi athletes’ memories of ‘The Friendly Games’, moments featured include Dick Tayler’s 10,000m victory sprawl, weightlifter Graham May’s face-plant, and the epic 1,500 race between a long-haired John Walker and Tanzanian Filbert Bayi. The NZBC coverage showcased colour television, which had recently launched in New Zealand.

NZonScreen | Remember ’74

Remember ’74

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Filmtipp: The Right Track (1984)


This instructional film for runners — fronted by Olympic 5000m silver medallist and world record holder Dick Quax — looks at implementing the techniques of coach Arthur Lydiard. From fostering world champions on Waitakere hills, Lydiard’s method evolved into a system of building stamina to complement speed. Quax, Dr Peter Snell and other Lydiard protégés look at the science and practice, from training — the high mileage mantra, fartleks, catapults — to race-day strategy: front-running and ‚the kick‘ (with John Walker’s 1976 1,500m Olympic win used as an example).

NZonScreen | The Right Track

Dokumentation – The Right Track

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Filmtipp: On the Run


Hier noch eine 20-minütige neuseeländische Dokumentation über die Schützlinge von Arthur Lydiard.

This film showcases legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard’s training methods through the example of his acolytes, including reigning Olympic 1,500m champ John Walker. ‚Arthur’s boys‘ (Snell, Halberg, Magee) scored attention by winning unheralded medals (two golds and a bronze) at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Lydiard later led the ‚flying Finns‘ to similar success. His method revolves around building stamina to complement speed, and was influential in popularising jogging globally. Beautifully filmed, a doco highlight is Jack Foster’s exhilarating scree slope descent.

NZonScreen | On the Run, Short Film – 1979


The 11 greatest miles & Bring back the mile

Für die Mittelstreckler unter euch gibt es heute zwei interessante/sehenswerte Beiträge im Spikes Magazine

Die 11 besten Meilenrennen der Welt – präsentiert von Spikes Magazine

Spikes | The 11 greatest miles

Kommt sie zurück die „echte Meile“?

Spikes | Bring back the mile

Nick Willis, Will Leer und John Walker im Interview „Does the mile still matter?“

Spikes | Does the mile still matter?

Die schnellste Meile der Welt 3:28,36 von Mike Boit 1983

Spikes | The world’s fastest mile

1974 Commonwealth Games – einer der besten 1500m Läufe der Geschichte in Worten

Für alle Mittelstrecken Fans:
The New Zealand Herald | In their words: The race that stopped a nation

How is it I can run the fifth fastest time in history and finish fourth in a race?
I stood there in total amazement. I walked off the track and someone called to me, ‚loser‘. I thought, ’shit, come on, I ran the fifth fastest time in history. I know I finished fourth but was only three steps away from winning. How can I be a loser?‘ In fourth place you don’t get any prizes. I experienced that again in ’76. Fourth is not a good place. — Rod Dixon