John Paul Jones

Birthday: 10/15/1890 Mile PR: 4:14.4 - 1913 (former world record)
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:57.2 - 1912
High School: Phillips Exeter 1909
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Cornell University 1913

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 on May 31: this mark was the first Mile record to be ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now World Athletics.

As a member of Team USA, 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.

FUN FACT: At the Stockholm Olympics, he also participated in the baseball event which was held as demonstration sport.

FUN FACT II: His senior year at Cornell, Jones was voted by his peers: the most popular college man, the most respected, the best all-round man and the man who had done the most for his college. #BMOC


John Paul Jones: All-Round College Man

September 01, 1913

The Cornell idol and Mile star was trained under a man who believes in the fighting spirit which wins races, but who teaches his pupils to win modestly, and to lose, if lose they must, like gentlemen.

By Samuel A. Munford, Medical Examiner, Cornell University for Outing

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