Ron Clarke

Deceased

Updated: 2021-09-04

Victoria

Bio

Ron Clarke is one of the greatest middle & long distance runners of the 1960s, notable for setting 17 world records. Clarke claimed 12 Victorian Championships & 9 Australian Championships in distances ranging from 1500m to 6 miles.

Among his many honours, Clarke was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire, Australian Sports Medal, Centenary Medal, and made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He is an inaugural inductee in both the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.

Track ChampionshipsRoad ChampionshipsOff-Road Championships
1964-65 Australian 3 Miles
1965-66 Australian 5000m
1965-66 Australian 10000m
1966-67 Australian 5000m
1967-68 Australian 5000m
1968-69 Australian 5000m
1968-69 Australian 10000m
1969-70 Australian 10000m
1963 Australian Cross Country
World ChampionshipsOlympic GamesCommonwealth Games
 1964 Tokyo
1968 Mexico City
1962 Perth
1966 Kingston
1970 Edinburgh
World RecordsAustralian RecordsState Records
World 6 miles - 27m 17.8s - 18 Dec 1963*
World 10000m - 28m 15.6s - 18 Dec 1963
World 3 miles - 13m 07.6s - 3 Dec 1964
World 5000m - 13m 34.8s - 16 Jan 1965
World 5000m - 13m 33.6s - 1 Feb 1965
World 10 miles - 47m 12.8s - 4 Mar 1965
World 3 miles - 13m 11.4s - 4 Jun 1965*
World 5000m - 13m 25.8s - 4 Jun 1965
World 6 miles - 26m 47.0s - 14 Jul 1965*
World 10000m - 27m 39.4s - 14 Jul 1965
World 3 miles - 12m 52.4s - 10 Jul 1965
World 20000m - 59m 22.8s - 27 Oct 1965*
World 1 Hour - 20,232 metres - 27 Oct 1965
World 3 miles - 12m 50.4s - 5 Jul 1966*
World 5000m - 13m 16.6s - 5 Jul 1966
World 2 miles - 8m 19.8s - 27 Jul 1967
World 2 miles - 8m 19.6s - 24 Aug 1968
Australian Junior Mile - 4m 11.7s - 21 Jan 1956
Australian Open 10 Miles - 50m 02.0s - 28 Jul 1962*
Australian Open 1 Hour - 19,355.3m - 28 Jul 1962
Australian Open 10 Miles - 48m 25.2s - 12 Oct 1963*
Australian Open 1 Hour - 19,765.7m - 12 Oct 1963
Australian Open 3000m - 8m 00.0s - 4 Dec 1963
Australian Open 6 miles - 27m 17.8s - 18 Dec 1963*
Australian Open 10000m - 28m 15.6s - 18 Dec 1963
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 17.6s - 22 Jan 1964*
Australian National 5000m - 13m 41.6s - 22 Jan 1964
Australian Open 10 Miles - 48m 21.6s - 26 Apr 1964
Australian Overseas 5000m - 13m 39.0s - 23 Jun 1964^
Australian Overseas Marathon - 2h 20m 26.8s - 21 Oct 1964#
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 16.8s - 8 Nov 1964
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 07.6s - 3 Dec 1964
Australian Open 10 Miles - 47m 12.8s - 3 Mar 1965
Australian Overseas 3 Miles - 13m 00.4s - 4 Jun 1965*^
Australian Overseas 5000m - 13m 25.8s - 4 Jun 1965^
Australian Overseas 10000m - 28m 14.0s - 16 Jun 1965^
Australian Overseas 3000m - 7m 51.0s - 24 Jun 1965*^
Australian Overseas 2 Miles - 8m 24.8s - 24 Jun 1965^
Australian Overseas 3 Miles - 12m 52.4s - 10 Jul 1965^
Australian Overseas 6 Miles - 26m 47.0s - 14 Jul 1965*^
Australian Overseas 10000m - 27m 39.4s - 14 Jul 1965^
Australian Open 20000m - 59m 22.8s - 27 Oct 1965*
Australian Open 1 Hour - 20,232.56m - 27 Oct 1965
Australian National 5000m - 13m 39.8s - 1 Jan 1966
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 06.6s - 18 Jan 1966*
Australian Open 5000m - 13m 31.2s - 18 Jan 1966
Australian Open 3000m - 7m 53.6s - 26 Jan 1966
Australian Open 3 Miles - 13m 04.4s - 3 Mar 1966*
Australian Open 5000m - 13m 28.8s - 3 Mar 1966
Australian Open 6 Miles - 26m 52.0s - 20 Dec 1966
Queensland 3 miles - 13m 21.3s - 9 Nov 1969
* Records set en-route to longer distance.
^ Overseas performances not recognised as records before 1969.
# Best on record for Non-Record Events.

Results

DateNamePositionResult    
05/08/1970 Bislett Games Men's 10000m629:00.4  
29/07/1970 Stockholm International Track & Field Meeting Men's 5000m413:51.2  
26/07/1970 Louvain Invitational Men's 5000m213:48.4  
25/07/1970 IX British Commonwealth Games Men's 5000m Final513:32.4  
23/07/1970 IX British Commonwealth Games Men's 5000m Heat 2114:01.6  
18/07/1970 IX British Commonwealth Games Men's 10000m228:13.45 
08/07/1970 Jamaica - Australia - Denmark Triangular Meet Men's 3000m Steeplechase28:03.2  
06/07/1970 Gävle International Meeting Men's 5000m213:52.6  
04/07/1970 Gimo International Games Men's 3000m18:07.6  
02/07/1970 Stockholm International Track & Field Meeting Men's 10000m128:43.8  
01/07/1970 DN-Galan Men's 5000m313:44.4  
29/06/1970 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 3000m28:12.4  
23/06/1970 Västerås International Meeting Men's 5000m213:45.2  
22/06/1970 Söderhamn International Meeting Men's 3000m18:02.8  
20/06/1970 Janusz Kusocinski Memorial Men's 5000m113:40.8  
13/06/1970 Rose Festival Track Meet Men's 3 Miles213:19.4  
30/05/1970 Athletics Victoria Bundoora Park Men's 5 Miles Cross Country Championship225:00    
30/05/1970 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles225:00    
22/03/1970 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 5000m314:05    
20/03/1970 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 10000m129:26    
17/03/1970 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 2 Miles18:51.6  
12/03/1970 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 5000m213:56.8  
10/03/1970 Athletics Victoria State League Men's 2 Miles18:45.4  
24/02/1970 Victorian Championship 6 Miles Track128:24    
22/02/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final113:51.6  
22/02/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final113:51.6  
21/02/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Heat 2113:56    
21/02/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Heat 2113:56    
13/02/1970 Times Indoor Games Men's 2 Miles28:38.8  
06/02/1970 Athens Invitational Track & Field Meet Men's Indoor 3 Miles113:12.8  
31/01/1970 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 3 Miles113:30    
19/01/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 5000m Final114:06.6  
17/01/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 5000m Heat 1114:20.2  
15/01/1970 Victorian Championship Men's 1500m13:48.5  
17/12/1969 Victorian Marathon Club Emil Zatopek Trophy129:15.4  
03/12/1969 Krugersdorp International Meeting Men's 3000m18:14    
17/11/1969 Victorian Marathon Club Two Bridges Two Bridges Fun Run136:06    
09/11/1969 Medal Winners Carnival Men's 3 Miles113:21.3  
06/11/1969 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 5000m213:46.8  
02/08/1969 Victorian Road Championship Men's 10 Miles148:10    
02/08/1969 Victorian Road Championship Men's 10 Miles148:10    
26/07/1969 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's 10km230:41    
11/07/1969 Halmstad International Meeting Men's 5000m113:46.2  
09/07/1969 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 5000m113:34.6  
08/07/1969 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 10000m128:03.6  
06/07/1969 Skövde International Meeting Men's 5000m113:37    
05/07/1969 Gävle International Meeting Men's 5000m113:40.2  
03/07/1969 Stockholm International Track & Field Meeting Men's 5000m113:44.4  
02/07/1969 DN-Galan Men's 5000m213:33.8  
07/06/1969 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10km132:19    
30/03/1969 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 10000m128:43.6  
28/03/1969 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 5000m113:44.8  
04/03/1969 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final44:04.5  
04/03/1969 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final44:04.5  
15/02/1969 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final113:26.8  
06/02/1969 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles127:56.2  
17/10/1968 Games of the XIX Olympiad Men's 5000m Final514:12.4  
15/10/1968 Games of the XIX Olympiad Men's 5000m Heat 2214:20.8  
13/10/1968 Games of the XIX Olympiad Men's 10000m629:44.2  
02/09/1968 Britain v Poland International Meet Men's 5000m113:27.8  
29/08/1968 London International Athletics Meet Men's 10000m127:49.4  
26/08/1968 Göteborg International Track Meet Men's 3000m17:55    
24/08/1968 London International Athletics Meet Men's 2 Miles18:19.6  
22/08/1968 Karlskrona International Track Meet Men's 3000m17:49.4  
10/08/1968 Aarhus International Track Meet Men's 3000m17:48.4  
18/07/1968 Juliaden International Athletics Meet Men's 5000m113:30.4  
15/07/1968 Gävle International Meeting Men's 3000m17:59.4  
11/07/1968 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 10000m128:18.6  
10/07/1968 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 5000m113:33.6  
05/07/1968 Münster International Track Meet Men's 2 Miles28:26.8  
03/07/1968 DN-Galan Men's 5000m213:29.8  
02/07/1968 Stockholm International Track & Field Meeting Men's Mile54:00.2  
27/06/1968 Helsinki International Track Meet Men's 10000m128:06.8  
26/06/1968 Helsinki International Track Meet Men's 5000m213:41.4  
22/06/1968 Saarijärvi International Track Meet Men's 3000m18:06.8  
13/06/1968 Mericamp Memorial Men's 5000m213:31.8  
07/06/1968 Coliseum - Compton Invitational Men's 5000m113:33.2  
02/06/1968 Pasadena International Track Meet Men's Mile14:03.9  
01/06/1968 Champions Track Meet Men's 2 Miles28:22.6  
25/05/1968 California Relays Men's 5000m213:35.8  
11/05/1968 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles125:50    
24/03/1968 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 5000m113:49.4  
02/03/1968 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final34:03.2  
02/03/1968 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final34:03.2  
22/02/1968 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final213:30.6  
22/02/1968 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final213:30.6  
14/02/1968 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles127:53.2  
03/01/1968 Victorian Championship Men's 1500m Final2Unknown    
23/09/1967 Victorian Road Championship Men's 15 Miles21:13:52    
09/09/1967 Australian Marathon Championship0DNF    
05/08/1967 Victorian Road Championship Men's 10 Miles147:50    
29/06/1967 World Games Men's 1500m0DNF    
28/06/1967 World Games Men's 5000m113:45    
06/05/1967 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles125:03    
26/02/1967 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 5000m113:51.2  
25/02/1967 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1500m43:45.8  
26/12/1966 Peninsula Championship Men's Mile Invitation2Unknown    
20/12/1966 Melbourne International Athletics Meeting Men's 6 Miles126:52    
08/12/1966 Glen Huntly Athletic Club Meeting Men's 3 Miles113:15    
03/12/1966 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 880 Yards4Unknown    
22/11/1966 Sandringham Athletic Club Meeting Men's 2000m2Unknown    
19/11/1966 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 880 Yards2Unknown    
19/11/1966 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 3 Miles113:40.2  
12/11/1966 Athletics Victoria Interclub 1 Mile Time Trial24:04.7  
10/08/1966 VIII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's Marathon0DNF    
08/08/1966 VIII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 3 Miles212:59.2  
06/08/1966 VIII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 6 Miles227:39.42 
05/07/1966 DN-Galan Men's 5000m113:16.6  
28/06/1966 Västerås International Meeting Men's 3000m17:56.2  
27/06/1966 Oslo International Athletics Meeting Men's 3000m17:58    
17/06/1966 Meeting de Paris Men's 5000m113:43.6  
11/06/1966 San Diego Invitational Men's 5000m213:40.6  
27/03/1966 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 5000m113:49.2  
26/03/1966 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 10000m128:56.4  
20/03/1966 Melbourne International Athletics Meeting Men's 5000m113:49.6  
06/03/1966 Moomba Amateur Athletic Championship Men's Mile24:02    
03/03/1966 Glen Huntly Athletic Club Meeting Men's 5000m113:28.8  
03/03/1966 Melbourne International Athletics Meeting Men's 5000m113:28.8  
19/02/1966 Victorian Championship Men's Mile24:02.6  
08/02/1966 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles127:27.6  
18/01/1966 Victorian Championship Men's 5000m Final113:31.2  
27/10/1965 Geelong One Hour Race120.232km
11/09/1965 Victorian Road Championship Men's 15 Miles11:12:55    
21/08/1965 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's 10km236:15    
31/07/1965 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10 Miles152:46    
22/05/1965 Victorian Marathon Club 25km11:18:21    
21/02/1965 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles113:25.4  
30/01/1965 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final113:19    
26/01/1965 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles127:40    
21/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's Marathon92:20:26.8  
18/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's 5000m Final913:58    
16/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's 5000m Heat 4113:48.4  
14/10/1964 Games of the XVIII Olympiad Men's 10000m328:25.8  
30/05/1964 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles123:28    
22/03/1964 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles313:21.8  
21/03/1964 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 1 Mile0DNF    
15/03/1964 Melbourne International Athletics Meeting Men's 10000m229:24    
02/02/1964 NSW v Victoria Interstate Match Men's 5000m113:45.8  
22/01/1964 Victorian Championship Men's 5000m Final113:41.6  
10/12/1963 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 2 Miles18:35.2  
12/10/1963 Melbourne One Hour Race119.758km
15/09/1963 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 10000m129:10.4  
30/08/1963 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10 Miles150:41    
24/08/1963 Australian Cross Country Championship Senior Men's Race132:40    
27/07/1963 Victorian Marathon Club Marathon Championship12:24:38    
20/07/1963 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10km134:06    
06/07/1963 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles226:11    
25/03/1963 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles313:46.6  
23/03/1963 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 6 Miles229:07    
11/03/1963 Moomba Carnival Men's 3 Miles113:39.6  
25/02/1963 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final34:07.3  
23/02/1963 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final213:41.8  
20/02/1963 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Heat 1213:59.8  
16/02/1963 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles229:06.8  
26/11/1962 VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 3 Miles Final213:36    
24/11/1962 VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games Men's 6 Miles0DNF    
21/10/1962 Australian Commonwealth Games Trial Men's 3 Miles213:31.4  
18/10/1962 Australian Commonwealth Games Trial Men's 6 Miles228:11.6  
07/10/1962 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 3 Miles113:44.8  
04/08/1962 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10km132:31    
21/07/1962 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles326:10    
19/03/1962 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles413:42    
17/03/1962 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 6 Miles0DNF    
12/03/1962 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final34:12    
10/03/1962 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final313:53.8  
28/02/1962 Victorian Championship Men's 6 Miles330:02    
14/02/1962 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 6 Miles0DNF    
29/12/1961 Victorian Championship Men's 5000m Final214:22    
20/12/1961 Victorian Marathon Club Emil Zatopek Trophy Men's 10000m130:06    
04/12/1961 Victorian Marathon Club Two Bridges152:41    
14/10/1961 Victorian Marathon Championship52:53:09    
08/04/1961 Victorian Marathon Club Two Bridges325:27    
18/02/1961 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final64:16.3  
04/02/1961 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final214:13.2  
02/02/1959 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Heat 24Unknown    
11/03/1957 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 3 Miles414:01.6  
09/03/1957 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's Mile34:08.4  
20/10/1956 Australian Olympic Trial Men's 1500m64:01.4  
12/03/1956 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 880 Yards Heat 221:53.8  
12/03/1956 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 880 Yards Final7Unknown    
10/03/1956 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's Mile5Unknown    
21/01/1956 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's Mile Division 214:11.7  
14/01/1956 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's 880 Yards Division 311:56.5  
07/01/1956 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's Junior 880 Yards11:58    

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