An auction of Christchurch sporting history has raised $7000.
Sections of the earthquake-damaged track at Queen Elizabeth II Stadium were sold on Trade Me on Friday to raise funds for the New Zealand Spinal Trust.
Four of the pieces commemorated the performances of 1974 Commonwealth Games stars Dick Tayler and Sir John Walker.
Cantabrian Tayler won gold in the 10,000 metres at the Games, while Walker won silver behind Tanzania's Filbert Bayi in the 1500m. Both men broke the existing world record, in what has been described as one of the greatest 1500m races of all time.
The top Walker piece, which contained photographs, a section of track, original signatures and a QEII memorial plaque, sold for $2000. Tayler's two sections each sold for more than $1000.
Trust spokesman Hans Wouters said yesterday he was pleased with how the auction had raised interest in the project.
One hundred mounted track pieces, aimed at being affordable for "ordinary Kiwis", are now for sale on Trade Me.
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