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Stampfl, Franz Ferdinand (1913–1995)

The last coach to prepare an Australian male athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, Franz Stampfl, is dead.

Stampfl, 87, coached Ralph Doubell to win the 100 metres in Mexico City in 1968. Doubell came from behind to beat Kenyan champion Wilson Kiprugut and equal the world record of lmin 44.3sec held by New Zealander Peter Snell.

But Stampfl's greatest feat was coaching Englishman Roger Bannister to become the first man to run the four-minute mile in 1951.

He moved to Australia in 1955, coaching at Melbourne University and helping the Victorian state team.

During his later years Stampfl continued coaching from a wheel chair after becoming a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1985.

He died at his home in Melbourne on Sunday and is survived by his son Anton.

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