1958 Miler Merv Lincoln completes his last lap

Clonliffe Harriers and Morton Games are saddened to learn of the passing of 1958 legendary miler Merv Lincoln (AUS) in Melbourne on May 1st.

On August 6th 1958 Merv lined up for the Mile at the Clonliffe August Sports, and less than four minutes later, along with the other legends of that mile, had written himself and Santry Stadium into athletics history. This was the day Herb Elliott (AUS) set a new world record. Merv Lincoln was 2nd in that race in 3.55.9, also inside the existing record, followed by Ronnie Delany (IRL), Murray Halberg (NZD) and Albie Thomas (AUS) as for the first time in history five men in the same race ran sub 4.

Merv Lincoln was also a two time Olympian and silver medallist in the 1500 at the 1958 Empire (Commonwealth) Games. He and his fellow `58 Milers are fondly remembered by Clonliffe Harriers.