08/04/2012 06:18 EDT | Updated 10/04/2012 05:12 EDT

New Zealander Peter Snell included among 24 inaugural members of IAAF Hall of Fame

LONDON - The IAAF says three-time Olympic champion Peter Snell of New Zealand will be among the 24 inaugural members of the international athletics federation's Hall of Fame.

Snell won the 800 metres at the 1960 Olympics and — after setting world records in the 800 metres and the Mile in the same week in 1962 — won the 800 and the 1,500 double at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

IAAF president Lamine Diack describes Snell as the "greatest 'flying Kiwi' of them all," and says he "rightfully earned his selection as one of the inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame."

The induction ceremony for the first 24 athletes will be held in November in Barcelona.