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...
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...
November 30, 1964
Although he was, in his own words, 'desperate and struggling,' New Zealand's three-gold-medal Olympian beat his own mark and completely routed the world's second and third best Milers
By Sports Illustrated
"The first half Mile was, I felt, too fast," said Peter Snell, "but I was carried along...
February 12, 1962
In the southern reaches of faraway New Zealand young Peter Snell broke the world half-mile and 800 meter records last Saturday just a week after he had run history's fastest Mile
By Leslie Hobbs, Sports Illustrated
In the stretch of the Olympic 800 meter finals in Rome last year the highly...
February 05, 1962
New Zealand's burly Peter Snell, starting in one of the few Mile races of his young career, took the lead with 340 yards to go, sprinted away from the field to better Herb Elliott's classic mark by a tenth of a second: "I think I can improve on the Mile time a little."
By Leslie Hobbs, Sports...
November 10, 1958
Led by a fanatic and driven by private furies, Australia's fantastic Miler finds solace and satisfaction in pushing himself beyond endurance: "All I want to do is win."
By Don Connery, Sports Illustrated
On a primeval, wind-swept beach at Portsea, a curling tongue of scruffy Cape Cod land 60...
July 29, 1957
"It was a fabulous race, a pleasure to run in. I shall dream about it for years."
By John Lovesey, Sports Illustrated
The six straining runners at the top of this page (there are really seven) are Mike Blagrove, an Englishman; Stanislav Jungwirth, a Czech; Derek Ibbotson, English; Ron Delany,...
July 15, 1933
Kiwi legend beats American Bill Bonthron who also sets U.S. record
From NZ History
Jack Lovelock’s run at Princeton University shattered the world record for the Mile, held by Frenchman Jules Ladoumègue, by 1.6 seconds. The race was dubbed the ‘greatest Mile of all-time’ by Time magazine.
September 01, 1913
The Cornell idol and Mile star was trained under a man who believes in the fighting spirit which wins races, but who teaches his pupils to win modestly, and to lose, if lose they must, like gentlemen.
By Samuel A. Munford, Medical Examiner, Cornell University for Outing
The proper place of...
January 26, 1902
Veteran athlete of Xavier AA holds indoor Mile world record amongst high honors
From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The record attained by Andrew J. Walsh, the veteran athlete of the Xavier AA, since his debut on the cinder path, nearly ten years ago, is remarkable. This sterling athlete, in his...
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