When 40-year-old Anthony Whiteman ran 3:58.79 last Saturday to win the Music City Distance Carnival’s elite Mile race, he became the first masters runner to break 4:00 outdoors. (Ireland’s Eamonn Coghlan accomplished the feat indoors in 1994.) A British Olympian in 1996 and 2000 with PRs of 3:32.34 for 1500 meters and 3:51.90 in the Mile, Whiteman took a six-year hiatus from the sport before launching an unexpected comeback in 2010. We spoke over calzones at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, N.C., on June 5, one day before Whiteman set a Masters world record of 1:48.22 for 800 meters.
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Sub-4 at 40, shoestring budgets and supporting dreams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Editors note: Anthony Whiteman (GBR) not only won the Music City Distance Carnival Swiftwick Mile at the age of 40, but became the first Masters athlete to run a sub-4 minute Mile outdoors. Whiteman covered the distance in 3:58.79. You can watch the race in its entirety below courtesy of FloTrack.org and Kyle King.....Read More