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The Training of Jim Ryun an American Superstar

May 23, 2017

Ryun’s high school coach, Bob Timmons, was formerly a swimming coach, and he more or less trained Ryun as a swimmer.

By Runner's Tribe

The first American high school athlete to run a sub-4 Mile, multiple world record holder, Olympic 1500m silver medalist. Jim Ryun to this day is an American superstar, rivaled by very few before and since.

He was also known for an insane training regime and work ethic. We took a look back over the training that made the man a Legend.

DOB: April 29, 1947, Wichita, Kansas

Personal Records

  • 880 yards: 1:44.90 (former world record)
  • 1500m: 3:33.10 (former world record)
  • Mile: 3:51.1 (former world record)
  • 2-Mile: 8:25.10
  • 5000m: 13:38.20


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