1935 - 2013
Born in Hurstville on 8 February 1935, Albie Thomas became one of Australia’s greatest distance runners. He broke World Records, competed at three Olympic Games and was a dual Commonwealth Games medallist. After his career he coached and worked tirelessly for St George District Athletics Club. Thomas competed at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games and the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He won four consecutive Australian mile titles from 1962 to 1965. In 1959 he ran in the Australia team which broke the 4 x 1 mile world record. In 1960 he ran the first sub-four minute mile on grass in NSW at 3:58.8. After a yearlong illness Thomas passed away on the morning of 27 October 2013 and the athletics’ world lost one of its greats.