Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Zealand Olympic 5,000m Silver Medalist Quax Dead at 70 Tributes Flood in for One of New Zealand's Greatest Runners

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Zealand Olympic 5,000m Silver Medalist Quax Dead at 70 Tributes Flood in for One of New Zealand's Greatest Runners

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Dick Quax: Record-setting Olympic medalist

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand runner Dick Quax died Monday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.

Regarded as one of his country's greatest runners, Mr. Quax won a silver medal in the 5,000 meters at the 1976 Olympics and also set a world record for the distance.

Born in the Netherlands in 1948, Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus "Dick" Quax moved to New Zealand with his family as a child and, along with John Walker and Rod Dixon, he became part of a golden era of New Zealand middle-distance running in the 1970s.

He finished a close second behind Finland's Lasse Virren in the 5,000 meters at the Montreal Olympics and a year later, he set a then-world record of 13 minutes, 12.9 seconds in Stockholm. …

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