Track & Field: And Now the One-Mile Dash


The time may be near when track officials will have to reclassify the mile as a dash instead of a run. In the 13 years since Britain's Roger Bannister opened the floodgates by running a 3-min. 59.4-sec. mile, no fewer than 84 athletes have cracked the mythical 4-min. "barrier"—running a total of 278 sub-4-min. miles. Tops among them, of course, is Jim Ryun, the University of Kansas junior who at 20 is already the fastest middle-distance runner of all time. Last month in Bakersfield, Calif., Ryun lowered his own world record for the mile to 3 min. 51.1 sec....

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