New Zealand is mourning the lack of its most revered athlete following the dying of center distance nice Peter Snell.

Three-time Olympic champion Snell died aged 80, reportedly in his sleep in his Dallas house on Friday morning (AEDT).

Snell bestrode the monitor within the early 1960s, successful gold over 800m within the 1960 Olympics in Rome earlier than bagging a well-known 800m-1500m in Tokyo 4 years later.