Derek Ibbotson became only the ninth man in history to run a sub
4-minute mile when, in 1956, he won the Emsley Carr Mile in London in
3 min 59.4 sec. Later the same year, he competed in the Melbourne
Olympic Games, capturing a Bronze Medal in the 5000m against the
Russian Vladimir Kuts and his British colleagues Gordon Pirie and
Chris Chataway. In July 1957, he broke the World Mile Record with a
time of 3 min 57.2 sec at London's White City Stadium.
On retiring from running, Derek became an enthusiastic squash
player, becoming Yorkshire Veterans Champion and representing his
county about 30 times.
Latterly, Derek lived with his wife Lynette in Ossett. He died on
23rd February 2017.
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