Mile News Tagged Legend


Steve Ovett’s best races

November 03, 2020

The 15 finest moments of the 1980 Olympic 800m champion include two Mile world records

By Steve Smythe, Athletics Weekly

Steve Ovett is uniquely the only athlete to win major championship golds at 800m (Olympics), 1500m (Europeans) and 5000m (Commonwealth).

His first mention in AW was 50...

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Great Matchups — Mary Decker vs. The Soviets: Helsinki 1983

October 29, 2020

Landing on her chest and knees [Zaytseva] and sliding across the finish with her knees over the rail, as Decker (4:00.90) had captured her second gold in dramatic fashion.

From Track & Field News

HELSINKI, Finland—Mary Decker surprised the experts at the IAAF’s first-ever World Championships....

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Trophy, bib number from Mile greats Delany & Tabori donated to Heritage

October 25, 2020

Legends & rivals shared racing history and long-term friendship

By Chris Turner for World Athletics Heritage

Ireland’s Ron Delany and Hungary’s late Laszlo Tabori, two of the standout middle-distance runners of the 1950s, were friends and rivals. A recent discovery in the USA has reignited...

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Steve Cram at 60

October 16, 2020

The Jarrow Arrow's landmark birthday highlights his brilliant career including his historic 1985 year when he set three world records in 19 days

By Steve Smythe, Athletics Weekly

For those who remember Steve Cram as the world’s greatest teenage 1500 meter and Mile runner, it’s hard getting...

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Great Matchups: Liquori Beats Ryun in The Dream Mile

September 16, 2020

“I wanted us both sagging in the stretch, looking more like boxers, both dead, like we were running on sand.”

From Track & Field News

Track's rich history is full of great head-to-head clashes. To kick off our new series of trips to the TFN vaults to find coverage of some of the most...

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The 45th Anniversary of John Walker’s Mile World Record

August 12, 2020

The Mile "is a cherished distance. When I lined up for a Mile race, I knew I was in for a hell of a race. It is a shame it is not run often more."

By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com

On Tuesday evening, August 12, 1975, John Walker of New Zealand broke the 3:50 Mile barrier, clocking a world...

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Mile legend, coach & Olympian Francie Larrieu Smith: Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductee

July 22, 2020

“I can look back on my career and say that, honestly, it never occurred to me that I lacked opportunity, because I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”

By Brice Cherry, Waco Tribune-Herald

It probably will come as a shock to those in the track & field community, but Francie Larrieu Smith...

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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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