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Murray Halberg

Sir Murray Halberg
Personal information
Birth name Murray Gordon Halberg
Nationality  New Zealand
Born (1933-07-07) 7 July 1933
Eketahuna, New Zealand
Coached by Bert Payne
Arthur Lydiard
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5000 m: 13:35.2 (1961)
10000 m: 28:49.11 (1960)

Sir Murray Gordon Halberg ONZ MBE (born 7 July 1933)[1] is a former New Zealand middle distance runner who won the gold medal in the 5000 metres event at the 1960 Olympics. He also won gold medals in the 3 miles events at the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games. He has worked for the welfare of children with disabilities since he founded the Halberg Trust in 1963.


  • Biography 1
  • References 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • External links 4


Born in [2] leaving his left arm withered. The next year, he took up running, seemingly being only more motivated by his disability. In 1951, he met Arthur Lydiard, who became his coach. Lydiard had been a famous long-distance runner, and had new ideas on the training of athletes. Three years later, Halberg broke through, winning his first national title on the senior level.

At the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he placed fifth in the mile. At the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, he placed eleventh in the 1500 metres. Halberg became the first sub four-minute miler from New Zealand, and won the gold medal in the three miles at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He became New Zealand Sportsman of the Year for 1958.

For the 1960 Rome Olympics, Halberg focused on the longer distances, entering in the 5000 and 10000 m. Halberg won the 5000 m gold, on the same day countryman Peter Snell was victorious in the 800 m. Halberg later placed fifth in the 10,000 m.

The following year, Halberg set four world records in events over imperial distances. After carrying the flag at the opening ceremonies, Halberg successfully defended his three mile title at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He closed out his running career at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, finishing seventh in the 10,000 m.

In the Westpac Halberg Awards.

Halberg House of Hutt International Boys' School is named after Sir Murray Halberg,[6] and students in the house earn what are called "meter points" which relates to Sir Murray Halberg and his running career.

Tauranga Boys' College also named a house after Sir Murray Halberg.[7]


  1. ^ a b McLintock, A. H (1966). "HALBERG, Murray Gordon, M.B.E.". Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Murray Halberg". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "The London Gazette". 27 December 1960. p. 8928. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "The London Gazette". 30 December 1987. p. 33. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Order of New Zealand". New Zealand Gazette. 11 June 2008. p. 2561. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Halberg House". Hutt International Boy's School. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Halberg house". Tauranga Boys' College. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 


  • A Clean Pair Of Heels: The Murray Halberg Story by Murray Halberg, with Garth Gilmour

External links

  • Sporting HeroesPage with Photo, one of two at
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pyotr Bolotnikov
Men's 5000 m best year performance
Succeeded by
Pyotr Bolotnikov
New award Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
Succeeded by
Peter Snell
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