Albie Thomas

Deceased

Updated: 2021-08-28

New South Wales

Bio

Albie Thomas is a former elite Australian middle distance runner who achieved great success in the late 1950s & early 1960s. On 6 Aug 1958 Thomas became only the 20th athlete in history to break the four minute mile while pacing Herb Elliott to a world record result in Santry, Ireland. He won 8 Australian Championships in one mile & three mile events; as well as 19 NSW Championships in events ranging from one mile to marathon.

Following his retirement from international competition Thomas continued to represent St George District Athletic Club for many decades as an athlete, coach & administrator. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, Australian Sports Medal & Centenary Medal as well as being admitted to the NSW Government Hall of Champions. He holds a Merit Award & Life Membership of St George District Athletic Club.

Track ChampionshipsRoad ChampionshipsOff-Road Championships
1956-67 Australian 3 Miles
1957 NSW 6 Miles
1957-58 Australian 3 Miles
1958 NSW 3 Miles
1958-59 Australian 3 Miles
1959 NSW Mile
1959 NSW 3 Miles
1960 NSW Mile
1960 NSW 3 Miles
1961 NSW Mile
1961 NSW 3 Miles
1961-62 Australian Mile
1962 NSW Mile
1962-63 Australian Mile
1963 NSW Mile
1963 NSW 3 Miles
1963-64 Australian Mile
1964 NSW Mile
1964 NSW 3 Miles
1964-65 Australian Mile
1965 NSW Mile
1965 NSW 3 Miles
1965 NSW 6 Miles
1963 NSW Marathon1959 NSW Cross Country
1964 NSW Cross Country
International CompetitionOlympic GamesCommonwealth Games
 1956 Melbourne
1960 Rome
1964 Tokyo
1958 Cardiff
1962 Perth
World RecordsAustralian RecordsState Records
World 3 Miles - 13m 10.8s - 9 Jul 1958
World 2 Miles - 8m 32.0s - 7 Aug 1958
World 4x 1 Mile - 16m 25.6s - 22 Mar 1959
Commonwealth 2 Miles - 8m 33.0s - 4 Dec 1963
World Indoor 3 Miles - 13m 26.4s - 24 Jan 1964
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 26.0s - 8 Dec 1957
Australian Open 2 Miles - 8m 37.8s - 14 Jun 1958
Australian Overseas 3 Miles - 13m 10.8s - 9 Jul 1958^
Australian Overseas 2 Miles - 8m 32.0s - 7 Aug 1958^
Australian Open 4x 1 Mile - 16m 25.6s - 22 Mar 1959
Australian Open 3000m - 8m 01.4s - 19 Jan 1960*
Australian Open 2 Miles - 8m 35.4s - 19 Jan 1960
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 21.6s - 21 Oct 1962
Australian Open 2 Miles - 8m 33.0s - 4 Dec 1963
Australian National 5000m - 13m 51.4s - 15 Dec 1963
Australian Open Mile - 3m 58.3s - 21 Mar 1964
New South Wales Mile - 4m 01.5s - 29 Nov 1957
New South Wales 2 Miles - 8m 37.8s - Jun 1958
New South Wales 1500m - 3m 43.2s - 6 Jan 1960*
New South Wales Mile - 3m 58.8s - 6 Jan 1960
* Records set en-route to longer distance.
^ Overseas performances not recognised as records before 1969.
# Best on record for Non-Record Events.

Results

DateNamePositionResult    
13/07/2002 NSW Short Course Cross Country Championship Men's 65+138:53    
12/06/1983Wang Australian Marathon2612:55:02    
16/04/1983 Sutherland Half Marathon611:18:18    
17/07/1982 NSW Novice Cross Country Open4440:38    
11/07/1982 Sutherland 2 Surf7637:53    
01/05/1982 Sutherland Half Marathon1401:28:28    
09/08/1981The Sun City to Surf6747:36    
16/06/1979 YMCA Of Canberra Runners Club Winter Series3943:16    
13/08/1978The Sun City to Surf4748:08    
25/04/1977 YMCA Of Canberra Runners Club Winter Series3431:18    
23/04/1977 YMCA Of Canberra Runners Club Winter Series2013:51    
15/08/1976The Sun City to Surf2946:40    
09/05/1976 YMCA Of Canberra Runners Club Winter Series217:42    
08/05/1976 YMCA Of Canberra Runners Club Winter Series1123:38    
01/05/1976 Sutherland Half Marathon471:19:36    
11/08/1974The Sun City to Surf2647:29    
20/04/1974 Australian Masters Championship Pre-Vet 5000m115:01.2  
20/04/1974 Australian Masters Championship Pre-Vet 1500m13:58.5  
12/08/1973The Sun City to Surf1447:50    
20/05/1973San Francisco Examiner Bay To Breakers2440:03    
27/08/1972The Sun City to Surf1148:12    
21/05/1972San Francisco Examiner Bay To Breakers2240:14    
21/08/1965 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's 10km837:10    
21/02/1965 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles214:08.8  
20/02/1965 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile14:05.9  
17/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's 1500m Heat 293:54.9  
16/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's 5000m Heat 21114:27.8  
22/03/1964 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles213:20.4  
21/03/1964 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile13:58.3  
02/02/1964 NSW v Victoria Interstate Match Men's 5000m213:50    
24/01/1964Telegraph Maple Leaf Indoor Games Indoor 3 Miles113:26.4  
24/08/1963 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's Race233:21    
19/06/1963 NSW State Marathon12:29:04    
25/03/1963 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles213:46.6  
23/03/1963 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile14:05    
01/12/1962 VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 1 Mile Final54:11.2  
29/11/1962 VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 1 Mile Heat 114:02.2  
26/11/1962 VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 3 Miles Final513:40.6  
21/10/1962 Australian Commonwealth Games Trial Men's 3 Miles113:21.6  
20/10/1962 Australian Commonwealth Games Trial Men's Mile14:11.2  
23/06/1962 NSW State Marathon9Unknown    
19/03/1962 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles213:36.4  
17/03/1962 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile14:06.5  
27/01/1962 Whanganui International Athletics Meet Men's Mile34:03.5  
26/08/1961 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's Race235:49    
02/07/1961 NSW State Marathon32:36:40    
05/03/1961 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles213:50.2  
04/03/1961 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile34:09.9  
03/09/1960 Games of the XVII Olympiad Men's 1500m Heat 253:46.95 
02/09/1960 Games of the XVII Olympiad Men's 5000m Final1114:20.88 
31/08/1960 Games of the XVII Olympiad Men's 5000m Heat 3314:06.27 
07/03/1960 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles414:33.3  
05/03/1960 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile24:06.7  
06/01/1960 NSW Athletics Interclub Men's Mile13:58.8  
02/01/1960 Sorrento Track & Field Invitational Men's 2 Miles18:57.2  
22/08/1959 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's 10km332:53    
02/03/1959 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles113:42.8  
28/02/1959 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile34:06.2  
07/08/1958 August International Sports18:32    
06/08/1958 August International Sports53:58.6  
26/07/1958 VI British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 1 Mile Final34:02.77 
24/07/1958 VI British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 1 Mile Heat 334:10.3  
22/07/1958 VI British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 3 Miles Final213:24.37 
09/07/1958 Summer International Sports113:10.8  
17/03/1958 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles113:41.8  
15/03/1958 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 6 Miles431:17.8  
08/12/1957 NSW v Victoria Challenge Men's 3 Miles113:25.9  
29/11/1957 State Athletic Trial Men's Mile14:01.5  
11/03/1957 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles113:37.6  
05/12/1956 British Empire v USA 3 Miles113:43.2  
28/11/1956 Games of the XVI Olympiad Men's 5000m Final514:05.03 
26/11/1956 Games of the XVI Olympiad Men's 5000m Heat 3114:14.41 
20/10/1956 Australian Olympic Trial Men's 10000m429:46.8  
13/10/1956 Australian Olympic Trial Men's 5000m214:04.6  
10/12/1955 Men's Special Athletic Carnival18:54    
03/12/1955 NSW Athletics Interclub St George v University of Technology 5000m2Unknown    
05/11/1955 NSW Athletics Interclub St George v Eastern Suburbs 880yds2Unknown    
13/08/1955 St George District Athletic Club Winter Cross Country Senior 5 Mile Handicap028:28    
07/05/1955 NSW Athletics Interclub Senior 4 Mile Handicap2Unknown    
08/01/1955 NSW Athletics Championship Men's 1 Mile Heat 15Unknown    
27/11/1954 NSW Athletics Interclub Randwick-Kensington v St George 1 Mile14:17.4  
13/11/1954 NSW Athletics Interclub St George v Northern Suburbs 1 Mile14:17    
16/10/1954 NSW Athletics Interclub Botany v St George 1 Mile3Unknown    
03/07/1954 NSW Novice Cross Country Championship126:49    
22/08/1951 Sydney High Schools Athletics 1 Mile15:01.4  

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