Don Bowden

Birthday: 08/08/36 Mile PR: 3:58.70 - 1957
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:46.50 - 1957
High School: Lincoln HS
Hometown: San Jose, CA
College: University of California Berkeley
Current Residence: Saratoga, CA

Don Bowden, a 1956 Olympian at 1500 meters, was the first American to break the "magic" 4-minute barrier in the Mile, and at age 20, the youngest to-date to run under the coveted 4 minute benchmark of excellence. Bowden, known more as an 800 meter specialist, became the U.S. Mile record holder when he ran 3:58.7 in Stockton, California on June 1, 1957, his only sub-4 minute Mile for his career!

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Run a Mile with Rankin: Talking with a Legend, American Miler, Don Bowden

October 15, 2013

Jon Rankin serves as BBTM's California Captain for the state petition drive to replace the 1600m with the Mile at the High School State Meet. He will be providing occasional posts on his journey as the California Captain - Run a Mile with Rankin Archive.

Jon is sub-3:55 Miler, UCLA alumnus and...

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Don Bowden Opened Gateway for American Milers

June 01, 2012

By Mark Winitz

Longtime track & field writer Mark Winitz interviewed Don Bowden in 2004 for an article that appeared in American Track & Field magazine. On the 55th anniversary of Bowden’s first sub-4 minute Mile by an American, Bring Back the Mile asked Mark to contact Don for his thoughts...

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Bowden passed test with first U.S. sub-4:00 Mile

September 06, 2005

My coach, the legendary Brutus Hamilton, said, "Let's give it a try and see if you can do it."

By Paula Parrish, Special to The Record

His face, when he crossed the finish line 48 years ago, could have come straight out of "Happy Days." Even when he was straining on his last steps to become...

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Four Minutes of Fame

August 11, 1997

Remembering Don Bowden's U.S. milestone

Brad Herzog, Sports Illustrated

When Roger Bannister first ran the Mile in less than four minutes, on May 6, 1954, he was hailed the next morning by The New York Times as having achieved "one of man's hitherto unattainable goals." The four-minute...

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