Arthur Lydiard
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"Arthur Leslie Lydiard" was a New Zealand running/runner and athletics (sport)/athletics coach (sport)/coach. He 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 Sports periodization/periodisation.

Lydiard competed in the Men's Marathon at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand/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 (runner)/John Walker, Dick Quax and Dick Tayler.

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