For some years, Dick Quax had a love-hate relationship with the New Zealand public.

They loved him when he picked up medals at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, when he anchored New Zealand relay teams to world records and, of course, when in 1977 he set the world 5000m world record. But they were turned off by the glitz and hype he brought to the sport, by his brash predictions, and by the times he was unable to run well because of injury.

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Dick's Games History