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'NIELSEN GAVE ME THE BECK'
Gerald Holland
January 21, 1957
In an interview with Philip Green, of Radio Eireann in Dublin, Ronnie Delany told the inside story of the 1,500-meter final at Melbourne as it had never been told before. Green began by asking Ronnie:
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January 21, 1957

'nielsen Gave Me The Beck'

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In an interview with Philip Green, of Radio Eireann in Dublin, Ronnie Delany told the inside story of the 1,500-meter final at Melbourne as it had never been told before. Green began by asking Ronnie:

"Now then, Ronnie. What position did you take at the start?"

"I was on the outside at the start and I was glad I had that position, for I didn't run into the trouble that I would have run into if I had an inside lane position. So I ran down the straightaway in about No. 8 position and it was a very comfortable position because no one was making a break at that early stage, and the whole field was bunched together in about 10 yards.

"In the second lap, the positions were somewhat the same, except that I didn't lose any ground, but a few men moved up from about ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th into closer position which put me into 11th position, but actually I had lost no ground on the leading runner so I wasn't worried. Now the second lap went about the same pace as the first, and I did notice a definite change in the pace when Murray Halberg had the pace taken away from him by the Australian boy, Merv Lincoln. He came over at the end of the second lap, and he took the. pace from Halberg. He picked it up considerably and the whole field sort of moved with him, and then Halberg was in about third. I think he was straining badly even at that stage but we moved on that third quarter, and when we hit the bell the whole field had come as a group and bunched into a six-yard space, which was just fantastic. Twelve men all running together within 6 yards. I was in, I'd say, about ninth or 10th position at this time. I had an inside position which wasn't too good, but my coach at school, Jumbo Elliott, always told me when in a box to just relax. So I relaxed, and next minute I saw Gunnar Nielsen of Denmark look back at me and he gave me the beck to move inside him."

Phil Green looked startled. This was new to him and everyone else in the studio.

"This fellow Nielsen is the man who ran against you when you broke the four-minute mile?"

"Yes, Gunnar Nielsen of Denmark."

"Yet he gave you the beck, he motioned for you to pass him?"

"He gave me the beck to move inside him, for which I thanked him from the bottom of my heart."

"He felt he was gone, of course?"

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