Olympian heights, John Horrocks

Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey’s Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics
Suzanne McFadden
Mary Egan Publishing, $40.00
ISBN 9780473343729

Striking Gold is the story of one of the great moments in New Zealand’s sporting history. The 1976 Olympics are remembered for John Walker’s win in the 1500 metres. It was also the occasion when the African nations withdrew their teams because the All Blacks were touring apartheid South Africa. These events have tended to overshadow the stunning victory of the New Zealand men’s hockey team. Ranked only seventh in the world at the start of the games, they defeated Australia 1-0 in the final. The two favourites, India and Pakistan, had already been eliminated.

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