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    John Walker of New Zealand, the former world record holder in the mile, announced his retirement on Wednesday (February 5) after sustaining a serious achilles tendon injury in training.

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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS (1976-1985)
    1. JOHN WALKER PREPARING TO RUN (AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 1976) (VIS)
    2. WALKER WINNING 1,500 METRES AT WORLD GAMES IN HELSINKI, FINLAND JUNE 1976 (VIS)
    3. WALKER WINNING FIFTH AVENUE MILE IN NEW YORK, USA, SEPTEMBER 1984 (CHANNEL 10 AUSTRALIA)
    4. WALKER WINNING HIS ONE HUNDREDTH MILE, NEW ZEALAND 1985 (TVNZ)



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    Background: John Walker of New Zealand, the former world record holder in the mile, announced his retirement on Wednesday (February 5) after sustaining a serious achilles tendon injury in training.

    Walker, 40, competed internationally for over two decades, winning the 1,500 metres in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

    He had hoped to run a sub-four minute mile as a 40-year-old, but abandoned those plans after being injured on Monday.

    Walker ran 129 sub-four minute miles with his fastest (3 minutes, 49.08 seconds) coming as a 30-year-old. It has been estimated that when taking into account his sub-3:40 1,500 meters races, he ran the equivalent of 694 sub-four minute miles.

    Walker set three individual world records during his career and shared two others in relays.

    Walker set a world record in the mile that stood for four years with a time of 3:49.40 in Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1975.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWCA5HS9CCLWC3WORZVXLM6AQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADWCA5HS9CCLWC3WORZVXLM6AQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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