Peter Snell arrived at the Rome Olympics in 1960 as a complete unkown but in the 800 metres he won the gold in a record time of 1 minute 46.3 seconds. Snell successfully defended his 800 metre title in Tokyo four years later and went on to take gold in the 1500 metres as well. One of New Zealand's most memorable days at an Olympic Games came at the XXVII Olympiad in Rome in 1960. Murray Halberg won the gold medal in the 5000 metres within an hour of Snell's 800 metre victory. And to cap a successful athletics programme for New Zealand, Barry Magee won the marathon bronze.