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Lot 869    SESSION 4 (4.30PM TUESDAY 23RD MARCH)    Australian Historical Medals

Estimate $40

THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF AUSTRALIA, prize medal in gilt bronze (45mm), by Nissen, Bris, reverse inscribed, 'R.A.Vagg/10,000 Metres/C.C.C'ship/35m.20s./26-8-61.'. A few small oxidation spots, otherwise good very fine.

Bob Vagg was a distance running athlete. In 1958 he won the NSW Novice Cross Country Male Championship (5 miles), representing Eastern Suburbs AAC, hosted by St George AAC at Scarborough Park, Ramsgate. He won the Australian Cross Country Championships in 1959 in Melbourne. At the Australian Track and Field Championships 1960-61 held at Lang Park, Brisbane he finished 3rd in the 3 miles race, and 1st in the 6 miles. He also represented Australia in the marathon at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Vagg attributed his success to doing paper runs from Paddington through to the hilly Elizabeth Bay area of Sydney and back since he was about 11 or 12 years of age.

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