Sport: Fastest Mile

When Runner Glenn Cunningham first made sport headlines in 1931, the world's record for a mile on foot was 4 min., 9.2 sec. A 4:05 mile was unthinkable.

Last week barrel-chested Glenn Cunningham, now 28, and the father of a nine-months old daughter, went to Hanover, N. H. with the express purpose of running a 4:05 mile on Dartmouth's fast board track. This deliberate move was not wholly undramatic. The world's record of 4:06.4, set by England's Stanley Wooderson last summer, had been officially recognized by the International Amateur Athletic Federation just...

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