Mile News Tagged Jim Ryun


A Special Brand of Fame

August 01, 1966

In the week following his record race young Jim Ryun discovers the joys—and hazards—of owning the most treasured mark in all of sport

By Gwilym S. Brown, Sports Illustrated

Young Jim Ryun's hectic life as the world record holder in track's most glamorous event began even while he was spinning...

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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

Anita Verschoth, Sports Illustrated

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

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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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Fast Teenagers in Grown-Up Time

July 05, 1965

With tactical cunning and a brilliant burst of speed, 18-year-old Jim Ryun beat the great Peter Snell in a U.S. record 3:55.3 Mile

By Gwilym S. Brown, Sports Illustrated

In San Diego one day last week an 18-year-old boy and a former football linebacker sat down to map out the strategy the boy...

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A Kansas Boy with a Man-Size Task

September 14, 1964

This week in Los Angeles, 135 athletes will be competing for 60 positions on the U.S. Olympic track & field team. Some of them—such as Dyrol Burleson, Bob Schul and Henry Carr—have already clinched a spot on the team, provided they are still in good shape, by virtue of their victories in the...

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