Mile News


A Time to Remember: 3:51.3

July 25, 1966

Leaving the whole world far behind him, Jim Ryun, the 19-year-old durable wonder of Kansas, smashes track's most treasured record—the Mile mark that has eluded American runners for 29 years

By Anita Verschoth, Sports Illustrated

After a few warmup sprints last Sunday on a field next to...

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The Second Fastest Ever

June 12, 1966

"I'd like to see the world record come back to the U.S., but you know everything has to be just right and that doesn't happen too often."

By Gwilym S. Brown, Sports Illustrated

Setting up world record attempts in the Mile run is like handling butterflies. The slightest miscalculation, one...

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May, Keino produce thrilling Mile clashes during New Zealand tour

December 31, 1965

German Olympian clocks fastest Mile on grass; in earlier meet, Keino sets 5000m world record

From Once Upon a Time in the Vest

In New Zealand, Kip Keino and Jürgen May are enjoying the mild weather of the southern hemisphere. The headline in the September issue of Track & Field News...

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Vas-y, Ja-zy! And He Went

August 30, 1965

"The Mile has been my ambition. All the really great names are there: Bannister, Landy, Elliott, Snell. These men are idols to me. Now the ambition is realized. I've done what I set out to do."

By Edwin Shrake, Sports Illustrated

At Courtemanche Stadium in the market town of Rennes near the...

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