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Ryun’s Records In The Summer Of ’66

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50 years ago Jim Ryun broke the mile World record with 3:51.3. The following year he lowered that to 3:51.1. It lasted as the World junior (U/20) record for 30 years!

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Jim’s NCAA 800 metres record was 50 years old on Friday, before it was finally broken. It was a World record when it was set. Not a bad summer for the Kansas teenager!

Ryun was voted the greatest high school athlete ever (in any sport), in front of Tiger Woods and LeBron James. He became the first high school athlete ever to break the four minute mile barrier, the world’s youngest at 17. Five days before his sixteenth birthday, he ran a World age record 4:19.7. 50 years ago, I beat this time, in a British Milers Club race, doing a British age 15 record of 4:17.8, a month before my 2000 metres record. My split time at 1500 metres was 3:59.8, one of the youngest runners ever to break the magic four minutes.

 

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World’s First Sub Four Minute 1500 Metres

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1908 Olympics in London / 1500m

1908 Olympics in London / 1500m Sport / Olympic Games. – Opening of the the 4th Olympic Games in London, 13 July 1908: Melvin Winfield Sheppard (USA) beats Harold Alexander Wilson (GBR) to win the 1500 metres final.

  1. Melvin Sheppard (USA) 4:03.4 (olympic record)
  2. Harold Wilson (GBR) 4:03.6
  3. Norman Hallows (GBR) 4:04.0

 

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Bannister: Everest On The Track

 

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British Records

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Set the first of three British records, in a British Milers Club race, the day after the first Glastonbury Festival.

British age 15 mile record

4:17.8 Harlow Sportscentre, Harlow. 20 September 1970

British age 15 2000 metres record

5:33.1 Crystal Palace, London. 14 October 1970

British indoor Youth (U/18) 1500 metres record

3:55.8 RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton. 18 March 1972

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One of the youngest runners ever to break four minutes for 1500 metres (3:59.8 split during British record mile)

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Ryun’s Records In The Summer Of ’66

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50 years ago Jim Ryun broke the mile World record with 3:51.3. The following year he lowered that to 3:51.1. It lasted as the World junior (U/20) record for 30 years!

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Jim’s NCAA 800 metres record was 50 years old on Friday, before it was finally broken. It was a World record when it was set. Not a bad summer for the Kansas teenager!

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When Donavan Brazier arrived at the NCAA Championships, he did not know who Jim Ryun was!

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Will Ryun’s Collegiate 800 Metres Record Survive It’s 50th Birthday?

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Athletic Immortality

Athletic Immortality

Athletics Weekly (1945 – 1995)

50th Anniversary Edition

50 Magic Moments

1. Roger Bannister’s Sub Four-Minute Mile

May 6 1954 – “A fluttering flag dropped, a nervous Roger Bannister took to the cinders of Iffley Road and the race for immortality was on.”

 

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