Ralph Doubell at the 1968 Olympics
|Born||11 February 1945 (age 70)
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Club||University of Melbourne|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||1:44.40 (800 m, 1968)|
Doubell was born in Melbourne, was educated at Melbourne High School and graduated from the University of Melbourne, where he had come under the tutelage of legendary Austrian-born coach Franz Stampfl. Doubell's first major international victory in 800 metres was at the World Student Games in Tokyo in 1967 in a time of 1:46.7. His next season (the Olympic season) was severely curtailed by Achilles' tendon injuries, and he was unable to compete for six months prior to the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Doubell had a short international athletics career, but he managed to reach his peak at a right moment – the 800 m Olympic final in 1968. The overwhelming favourite was Wilson Kiprugut of Kenya who led the field through 400 m in 51.0, and was still leading at the home turn, where Doubell made his move, passing Kiprugut down the straight to win the gold medal in a world record equalling time of 1:44.3.
After retirement from sports Doubell worked as a Head of Relationship Management and a Director and Divisional Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking of the Deutsche Bank Group in Australia. He was a Director of Telstra Stadium in Sydney until 2007.
Doubell was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985. On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, he was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, for "services to athletics through administrative roles, particularly with Athletics New South Wales, and as a competitor".
|Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
equalled by Dave Wottle (USA) on 1972-07-01
1968-10-15 – 1973-06-27