John Paul Jones

Birthday: 10/15/1890 Mile PR: 4:14.4 - 1913
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:57.2 - 1912
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Cornell University

John Paul Jones set the world record for the Mile in 1911 with a time of 4:15.4 (unofficial WR) and again in 1913 with a time of 4:14.4 - the first Mile record to be ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Jones competed in the 1500m at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm placing fourth, clocking a 3:57.2, and the Cornell grad was the IC4A Mile champion from 1911-13; his 1913 winning time became the ratified Mile WR.


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Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

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to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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