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Ron Clarke

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Athlete, writer and politician Ron Clarke died 17 June of kidney failure. He was 78.

Clarke was known for his record-setting track career and is considered Australia's greatest middle distance runner. He won bronze in the 10,000 metres at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and was the first man to run 3 miles in less than 13 minutes. That was just one of 17 world records he set during his running career.

He was also chosen, at 19, to light the Olympic Flame in the opening ceremonies of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

Clarke wrote a number of books about running and other topics, and in 2004 he was elected mayor of the Gold Coast, Queensland, where he served until 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, and his sons, Marcus and Nicolas. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Monique.
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