Australian Herb Elliott sets a new world record for the mile of 3:54.5. Phil Greene recalls this event and his commentary.
- Title "What a Race!"
- 1st Broadcast 04/10/1985
- ContributorPhilip Greene
- Clip Duration 00:03:55
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Sport Around Seven
- Clip title "What a race! What a time! In Dublin tonight, history has been made! "
- Extended description
On 6 August 1958, Australian Herb Elliot broke the world record for the mile at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. In one of the greatest mile races ever, the first four athletes all broke the existing world record. Herb Elliott set a new mark of 3:54.5.
Talking to Caroline Murphy on the occasion of his official retirement from RTÉ, Phil Greene recalls this event and his commentary.
During his commentary Greene states "In Dublin tonight, history has been made" and in hindsight now describes it as "one of the commentaries of my career".
Philip Greene also describes how his car had been destroyed by fans that night - in celebration rather than hooliganism.
The accompanying image shows athletes at Santry, 1981 where Herb Elliot had broken the record.
Herb Elliott's record time was 2.7 seconds under the record previously held by Derek Ibbotson. Elliot won gold for the 1,500 metres at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
- Local keywords Phil Greene, Herb Elliot, World Record, Santry, Caroline Murphy, Athletics, Running
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Sport
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1985
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA3246
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)