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Laslo Munz

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Laslo Munz (born 15 April 1936) was an amatuer middle distance runner originally from Debrecen, Hungary, who later settled in the city of Ballarat in the state of Victoria, Australia. Morally at odds with the ideology and politics of 1950s Communist Hungary, Munz secured Australian citizenship through a series of legal and migratory loopholes associated with national amatuer athletic representation during the period surrounding the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Declining an opportunity to represent both Hungary and Australia as a miler, Munz worked as a volunteer official at the Melbourne games, a decision that helped set the framework and expedite his application to become an Australian citizen. However, the cost was missing the opportunity to compete in his favoured event, the mile race. Although, in Munz's own words "I didn't have a hope against (John) Landy and (Ron) Clarke".

Once his citizenship was secured, Munz moved to Melbourne, entering employment in the Australian public service with the Postmaster General's Department, continuing with the Australian Telecommunications Commission trading in the modern era as Telstra. [1]

References[edit]

  1. "Coburg Harriers Gallery". Coppermine Gallery. Coburg Harriers. Retrieved 10 June 2021.


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