Arthur Lydiard was arguably the most successful and influential running coach of the 20th century, writing some of the greatest running books.
In 1960 he burst into prominence at the Rome Olympics when two of his proteges, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic gold medals on the same day.
He had turned unpromising athletes into Olympic champions, and he said he could repeat the feat if only his methods, which involved building stamina and fitness through endurance running, were followed.
In the next few years thousands of people heeded his word.
The jogging movement was born. Meanwhile, Snell went on to break a bucketful of world records, and exceeded his Rome success by winning two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
But back home in New Zealand, Lydiard's abrasive personality upset athletics officials and he fell out of favour.
New Zealand's loss became the world's gain. Lydiard's methods spread through many countries and he lectured in the United States every year up until his death at the end of 2004 as well as stocking the libarary of many athletes with his running books. Garth Gilmour, who was Lydiard's close friend for more than 40 years, tells for the first time the full story of the coach's amazing career, often in Lydiard's own words.
It is a remarkable story that no keen sports follower will want to be without.
One of the great running books.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, 32
- Publisher: SportsBooks Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/01/2004
- Category: Biography: sport
- ISBN: 9781899807222