Mile News Tagged Legend


Aquinas grad and two-time U.S. Olympian Dick Buerkle dies at age 72

June 22, 2020

The story of his performance at Maryland in 1978 when he set the indoor Mile world record was the stuff of legend.

By Sal Maiorana, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester native Dick Buerkle, who at one time held the world indoor Mile recorde and twice qualified for the United States...

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Oregon Mile Legend & Olympian Jim Grelle Passes Away

June 16, 2020

"My father had a 'laser focus'. He was humble, gracious, gregarious and he took what he had from running and used it in his life. There was this balance of instruction and a quiet voice."

By Peter John L. Thompson

The world of Track & Field Athletics is deeply saddened by the news that...

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Catching up with Steve Scott: Master of the Sub-4 Mile

March 31, 2020

"I believe one of the keys to my later success was that I wasn't pushed in high school."

By Steve Brand, MileSplit CA

Steve Scott is America's greatest Miler. Not the fastest anymore, but the greatest.

Consider that in his running career, which didn't really take off until he was a...

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‘The greatest athlete NZ has had’: Famed Olympian Sir Peter Snell has died

December 13, 2019

"He won three Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and broke seven world records. He was the best conditioned athlete of his time."

By NZ Herald

Famed New Zealand Olympic distance runner Sir Peter Snell has died, age 80.

Sports historian and friend Ron Palenski confirmed...

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Diane Leather, first woman sub-5 minutes for the Mile, passes away

September 08, 2018

Legend, 1960 Olympian & record setter a pioneer of women’s running

By Peter Thompson

The world of Athletics is deeply saddened by the news that Diane Leather Charles, the first woman to run a Mile in under 5 minutes and a true running pioneer, passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 5. As...

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More than a Coach: László Tábori

July 09, 2018

He said I’d have lots of friends when I am #1 on top, but that he would there for me when I’m not.

By Jacqueline Hansen

When I reflect on life, I think of Joni Mitchell. She is my favorite female artist and poet. She wrote “We’re captive on the carousel of time. We can’t return, we can only...

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Roger Bannister: Tribute to a Titan

March 05, 2018

Briton broke barrier, set a still resonating, recognized standard and transcended the sport

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile founder

We knew this day would come: the death of a great man – a universally enduring, esteemed and endearing legend in every sense of the word as worldwide homage,...

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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Diane Leather Breaking the 5 Minute Mile Barrier

May 29, 2014

By Peter Thompson

This article has been published in its entirety with the author's permission. It was initially published in the 'BMC News', the Club magazine of the British Milers' Club, in Spring 2014.

Many of you reading this blog are aware of the the 60th anniversary of breaking the 4...

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Interview with Francie Larrieu Smith… an Olympic Legend

February 10, 2012

By Dan Helfrick, Huxley Running Co.

Francie Larrieu Smith was named by Runner’s World as the “most versatile runner of the Quarter century”. And rightfully so, as she competed in four Olympic Games racing from the 1500 to the marathon! She had a 30 year long athletic career and now coaches at...

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A tribute to the career of Gunder Hägg

November 28, 2004

Swedish running legend set the Mile world record three times and with countryman Arne Andersson, the duo approached the "magic" 4-minute mark

By Lennart Julin for the IAAF

Renowned Swedish Athletics historian and statistican Lennart Julin gives his own personal tribute to the life and career...

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