"What a race! What a time! In Dublin tonight, history has been made! "

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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
  • Contributor
    Philip Greene
    Caroline Murphy
  • 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.

  • Information

    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
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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