Legendary track coach Arthur Lydiard died Sunday in a Houston,
Texas hotel. He was 87.
The New Zealand-born Lydiard coached Olympic champions Peter
Snell and Sir Murray Halberg in the 1960s and inspired a
generation of top New Zealand runners. His proteges included
1976 Olympic 1500m gold medalist John Walker and former
5,000-meter world record holder Dick Quax.
Lydiard was known worldwide for his coaching beliefs that
emphasized increased stamina training for athletes who could run
at a particular rate for a short distance to then run the same
pace for greater distances.
Lydiard, who also coached extensively in Finland and in Mexico,
is credited for contributing to the worldwide spread of jogging
from the mid-1960s also influenced coaches in rugby and rowing.
Lydiard, who was on a lecture tour of the U.S. when he died, is
survived by his wife Joelyne. Services are pending.