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1970 – A Record Breaking Year

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Set an age 15 British mile record of 4:17.8 in a British Milers Club race in Harlow, becoming one of the youngest runners ever to break four minutes for 1500 metres, with a split time of 3:59.8. Jim Ryun held the World record with 3:51.1 and had become the world’s youngest ever sub four-minute miler at 17. Five days before he turned 16, he set a World age record of 4:19.7. After a long season you often see athletes struggling to hold their form in late August. I wonder how I put together two record-breaking performances so late in the year. The mile was in September and the 2000 metres in October. I also remember 1970 for breaking three barriers. Two minutes for 800 metres (1:57.0), four minutes for 1500 metres (3:59.8) and nine minutes for 3000 metres (8:48.8). The 800 metres was done on November 11 at Crystal Palace!

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