April 17, 2009
By Tom Keegan, Kansas University Sports
Comedian Will Ferrell, over-actor Paul Giamatti and tattoo model Pamela Anderson weren’t yet famous when the Kansas Relays Mile record that still stands was set by Jim Ryun. In fact, they all were in their mothers’ wombs.
With the help of the Kansas...
May 06, 2004
By Dick Patrick, USA Today
Fifty years ago today, Roger Bannister recorded the first sub-four-minute Mile — 3:59.4. Since then, as the world record has improved 16 seconds, elite U.S. male Milers have become practically an endangered species.
In an Olympic year, the talk isn't if the USA will...
February 02, 2003
Jim Ryun, first high school boy to run sub-4 minute Mile, selected over Tiger Woods and LeBron James
From ESPN Page 2 staff
LeBron James is uncommonly good. But just how uncommon? We dove into our collective brainpool and scoured ESPN's Fly High with Delta Bill Bradley Sports Library to try...
June 01, 2001
Astounding high schooler Alan Webb smashed Jim Ryun's 36-year-old HS record for the Mile at storied Hayward Field
By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated
There was little doubt that high school senior Alan Webb had arrived in Eugene, Ore. for Sunday's Prefontaine Classic physically ready to break ...
June 27, 1994
Forty years after Roger Bannister broke four minutes, the brotherhood of Mile record holders gathered to honor their grand obsession
By Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated
NEVER JOIN SOMEONE WHO ECLIPSES YOU. ALIGN YOURSELF WITH ONE WHO INCREASES YOUR LUSTER. THE MAN WHO PUTS YOU IN THE SHADE...
September 22, 1986
To early burnout as a result of the U.S. system, says the author, and ''the lack of long-term coaching relationships is really hurtful." - Peter Snell
By Kenny Moore, Sports Illustrated
Here's a mystifying bit of track lore you could probably massage into a killer bet in one of those...
May 24, 1971
It was advertised as the Dream Mile, and though for the contestants it often seemed like the Nightmare Marathon the race lived up to its billing as Marty Liquori held off Jim Ryun on the last turn to win
By Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated
For the first three-eighths of a Mile, it could have...
October 21, 1968
As the XIX Olympics began, America's best hope in the 1500 meters found himself so besieged that he had to leave the Olympic Village and train on quieter public highways to get ready for his stern ordeal
By Bob Ottum, Sports Illustrated
They were starting to come through the track barricades...
July 03, 1967
Sub-54 second final lap yields Mile world record of 3:51.1 and national title for Kansas native in Bakersfield
By Pete Axthelm, Sports Illustrated
Seventeen-year-old Jerry Proctor upset six-time national champion Ralph Boston in the broad jump; Charlie Greene finished second in the 100-yard...
December 19, 1966
Youngest person ever selected as SI's Sportsman
By Sports Illustrated
In its first issue, in August 1954, Sports Illustrated reported the duel of the original 4-minute Milers, Roger Bannister and John Landy, at the British Empire Games in Vancouver. Bannister won and, at the end of 1954, was...
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