06 March-Ronnie Delany

Ronnie Delany, Olympic Gold medal winner, is a native of Co Wicklow, Ireland. He represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 and in Rome in 1960. Delany also won a European Championships Bronze medal in 1958 and a Gold medal at the 1961 World University Games. His victory in Melbourne is regarded as one of the greatest Irish sporting achievements.

Ronnie Delany was born Ronald Michael Delany in Arklow, Co Wicklow in 1935. He moved to Dublin with his family when he was six years old. He was educated in Dublin and at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA. In the 1956 Olympic Games Delany set a new Olympic record when he won gold in the 1500m. Together with his international success he also had a 40-race winning streak in the American indoor circuit. Delany was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ronnie Delany, who set an Olympic record when he won a Gold Medal in the 1500m in the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, was born in Arklow, Co Wicklow in the year 1935 On This Day.

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Ronnie Delany inĀ Austin Texas for NCAA track meet

 

 

 

 

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