Monday, July 18, 2016

Fifty Years Ago, the College Kid From Kansas Broke the World Record

Sunday marks the anniversary of Jim Ryun's perfect one-mile race.

Friday, July 15, 2016, 12:02 pm
Jim Ryun breaks one-mile world record

Photograph by Bettmann/Getty Images
Jim Ryun breaks the one-mile world record in the All-American Invitational at 4:10pm on July 17, 1966, in Berkeley, California.

Keith Conning:  I was a spectator that day.  I was 25 years old.  I ran at Cal in 1961-62. Cary Weisiger placed second in 3:58.0. Snort Winstead had a pipe in his mouth. Mr. Mattern was to the right of the finish. I timed with these AAU officials in 1970 and 1971.
Can you identify any of the other people in this picture?  Please write to

3:51.3 "Jim" Ryun (USA) Berkeley 17.07.1966
1. Ryun 3:51.3 (3:51.3 - 3:51.3 - 3:51.4,

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