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Date registered: March 6, 2017

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Derek Ibbotson obituary

One of Britain’s top athletes who set a world record for the mile in 1957

The former world mile record holder Derek Ibbotson, who has died aged 84 after suffering from dementia, was one of British athletics’ leading lights of the 1950s and a winner of an Olympic bronze 5000m medal in the Melbourne Games of 1956. He was always hugely popular with fans, his smiling face instantly recognisable to a generation, and his easy, plain-speaking manner and warm Yorkshire accent made him a familiar voice on television and radio broadcasts of the time.

“Ibbo”, as he was always known, had fancied his chances of taking an Olympic gold medal in the 1500m. But his ambitions were thwarted when he was selected instead to run in the 5000m in Melbourne, where he finished third behind the Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts and his British teammate Gordon Pirie, and then watched in the stands as Ireland’s Ron Delany won the 1500m gold.

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