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John Walker (runner)

John George Walker (born January 12, 1952) is a middle distance runner from New Zealand. Walker is best known as the winner of the Olympic Games 1500 metres in 1976. He also held the record for the fastest mile, with a time of 3:49.4 minutes set at Göteborg on August 12, 1975, bettering the previous time set by Filbert Bayi[?]. The record lasted until July 17, 1979, when it was beaten by Sebastian Coe[?]. Walker later became the first to run one hundred 4 minute miles during his career. In 1996, Walker announced that he has Parkinson's disease.

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