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The Olympic steeplechase silver medallist in 1964 moved to the Isle of Man in the early 70s and was largely responsible for the "golden age" of middle distance running here in the 80s. (photo ML 2003)




Maurice has agreed to be interviewed for next week.  Watch this space if you want to learn how he achieved his success, what he thinks of current  athletes and how there are no shortcuts to success.  "I trained over the hurdles for a year before I raced the steeplechase" he disclosed this week.



Olympic Games silver medal winner 1964

Commonwealth Games silver medal winner 1962

British record 1963

British record 1964

AAA Champion 1959

AAA Champion 1961

AAA Champion 1962

AAA Champion 1963

AAA Champion 1964

AAA Champion 1965

AAA Champion 1966

AAA Champion 1967



The peak of his 70 years came in 8 minutes 32.4 seconds in Tokyo with a British record and an Olympic Silver Medal.

Rank Athlete Age Nat Medal
1 Gaston Roelants 27 BEL Gold
2 Maurice Herriott 25 GBR Silver
3 Ivan Belyayev 29 URS Bronze
4 Manuel de Oliveira 23 POR
5 George Young 27 USA
6 Guy Texereau 29 FRA
7 Adolfas Aleksejunas 27 URS
8 Lars-Erik Gustafsson 26 SWE
9 Ben Assou El-Ghazi MAR
10 Ernie Pomfret 23 GBR


Chris Quine, who Maurice coached to a Manx 1500 metres record that stood for nearly 24 years said earlier this week: "Maurice is a quiet and modest man who now lives in Port Erin. A real family man it is unusual not to see him without one of his daughters or grandchildren nearby too."

To read the full tribute by Chris, to view other comments and see a classic 60s photo scanned and published by Stan Hall, go to the forum at (to register to use the forum you must use your real name).  Direct link to Maurice tributes.




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