Noel Carroll (athlete)
December 7, 1941|
|Died||October 23, 1998
|Height||1.88 metres (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||79 kilograms (174 lb)|
|Event(s)||400 metres, 800 metres, 4 x 800 metres relay|
|College team||Villanova Wildcats|
Noel Carroll (7 December 1941 - 23 October 1998) was an Irish middle distance runner who set European and World Records in the 1960s. He became the Dublin Corporation's first official spokesman, and later the Chief Executive of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and led the group which founded the Dublin Marathon.
Noel Carroll was born in Annagassan, County Louth in 1941, and left school to join the Army where he began running. In 1962, while competing in the Millrose Games in New York, he was recruited by "Jumbo Elliott" and attended Villanova University, where he joined the university's athletics team, the Villanova Wildcats and won a number of track championships.
At Villanova, he ran a sub-four-minute mile and in 1964, was the anchor for the team which broke the 4 x 880 yard relay World Record. In the same year, he also set the European Indoor record for the 880 yards and competed in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the Men's 800 metres. When running against Bill Crothers in 1964, Sports Illustrated described Carroll as "one of the best middle-distance runners in the world".
He represented Ireland in the 400 metres and the 800 metres in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and continued to win national championships (14 in total) and two further European Indoor Championships for the 800 metres during the 1960s.
In 1980, Carroll led a group which approached the Business Houses Athletic Association and the Dublin Corporation with the idea for the Dublin Marathon. Carroll was also among the 2,100 people who competed in the race that year. The winner of the Marathon receives the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy presented each year by one of Carroll's children.
Noel Carroll died on October 23, 1998, after suffering a heart attack while training at University College Dublin. In 2008, Carroll's four children took part in the Dublin Marathon to raise money for the Noel Carroll Building, the headquarters of a project in Kolkatta run by GOAL, a charity for which Carroll had served as the Chairman.
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