Jogging - Arthur Lydiard
Runner and athletics coach Arthur Lydiard is credited
with inventing a new training technique based on endurance
and periodisation, made famous by two of his protégés,
Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, winning gold medals
at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
Arthur Leslie Lydiard (6 July 1917 – 11 December
2004) has been lauded as one of the outstanding athletics
coaches of all time and is credited with popularizing
the sport of running and making it commonplace across
the sporting world. His training methods are based on
a strong endurance base and periodisation.
Lydiard competed in the Men's Marathon at the 1950
British Empire Games in Auckland, coming thirteenth
with a time of 2h:54m:51.6s.
Lydiard presided over New Zealand's golden era in world
track and field during the 1960s sending Murray Halberg,
Peter Snell and Barry Magee to the podium at the 1960
Summer Olympics in Rome. Under Lydiard's tutelage Snell
went on to double-gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics in
Tokyo. Athletes subsequently coached by him or influenced
by his coaching methods included such luminaries as
Rod Dixon, John Walker, Dick Quax and Dick Tayler.
In the New Year Honours 1962 Lydiard was appointed
an OBE. On 6 February 1990 Lydiard was the 17th appointee
to The Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest civil
honour. He also became a life member of Athletics New
Zealand in 2003.
Arthur Lydiard died 11 December 2004 of a suspected
heart attack, in Texas, while on a lecture tour.