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New Zealand's 25 greatest Olympians: Number 5

Runner Jack Lovelock at Summer Olympics in Berlin 1936 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

With the Tokyo 2020 Games only days away, we count down New Zealand's greatest Olympians. Today, we look at number 5 - Jack Lovelock.

Of the three New Zealanders to hold the world mile record - Peter Snell and John Walker being the others - only Lovelock held the world 1500m record as well.

He did it in the Olympic final at Berlin in 1936, clocking 3min 47.8s. It was "the most perfectly executed race of my career'' Lovelock wrote. The perfect race, at the perfect moment. You can't do better than that.

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