Jack Foster (athlete)
23 May 1932|
5 June 2004 (aged 72)|
Rotorua, New Zealand
John Charles Foster (23 May 1932 – 5 June 2004) was a long-distance runner born in Liverpool, England. He represented New Zealand in the men's marathon at two Summer Olympics of Munich, West Germany (1972) and Montreal, Canada (1976). A resident of Rotorua, he won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch with a master's world record time of 2:11:19 at the age of 41. Two years earlier, he had set a world record for 20 miles at 1:39:14.
Foster is featured in the New Zealand short film "On the Run" about Arthur Lydiard influenced athletes. In the final scene, Foster shows the highlight of his training is a 3,000 foot run down a 45 degree scree hill.
He was killed while out riding his bicycle in Rotorua.
|Representing New Zealand|
|1975||Honolulu Marathon||Honolulu, Hawaii||1st||Marathon||2:17:24|
|1976||Olympic Games||Montréal, Canada||17th||Marathon||2:17:53|
|25000 m||1:16:29 NR||Hamilton||1971|
|30000 m||1:32:19 NR||Hamilton||1971|
- Robinson, Roger (September 2004). "Jack Foster: 1932-2004". Running Times Magazine.
- "On the Run | Short Film". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- Phil Taylor (11 June 2004). "Obituary: Jack Foster". NZ Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
- David E. Martin, Roger W. H. Gynn (2000). The Olympic marathon. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6.