Herb Elliott named Inaugural Legend of WA Sport

General | Published: Sat 3 November 2007
Champion Western Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott was  named as Western Australia's first "Legend" of sport in 2007 when he was elevated to the new status in the WA sporting Hall of Champions at the Western Australian Institute of Sport Annual Dinner.

Elliott, who now resides in Sydney, was at Challenge Stadium to accept the award  in front of a crowd of past and present sporting champions.

The new category of membership in the Hall of Champions was launched to recognise WA sporting champions whose achievements have inspired and motivated others, and whose standing and renown have not diminished, and in many cases grown, over the years. It recognises and salutes the enduring contribution of these athletes whose names will always be synonymous with the highest level of sport.

One of the World's greatest ever middle distance runners, Elliott set world records for the mile and the 1500 metres in 1958 and won the gold medal for the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.  He was undefeated over both distances from 1957 to his retirement in 1961.

Joining Elliott and other sporting greats in the Hall of Champions tonight were new inductees women's hockey player Michelle Hager and basketballer Luc Longley.

Hager was inducted into the Hall after representing her country in hockey 130 times including the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. The midfielder won a gold medal at the Seoul games.

Longley was inducted into the Hall after representing Australia in basketball in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992 and 2000) as well as playing 567 NBA games for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. The centre won three championships with the Bulls, playing alongside Michael Jordan.