Get on the heels of Jim Ryun in a mile run and there's a good chance you'll break four minutes.
Get on the heels of Jim Ryun in a mile run and there's a good chance you'll break four minutes. Six of his rivals did just that in the A-A-U championships while Ryun himself broke his own mile world mark Friday night -- one he had set earlier this month.
Ryun took the lead right after the start at Bakersfield, California. He had hoped his competition would put on more speed in the opening lap... but when no one moved out fast as a pace setter, the mighty Kansan himself went to the front. That, of course, makes it all the harder.. but obviously not for Ryun. He covered the first lap in fifty-nine and two tenths..... the second a bit a slower in fifty-nine and eight-tenths, and then quickened it to pace in the third ??? lowering it to fifty-eight and sixth tenths.
Jim Grelle, running close behind Ryun at this point, had finished 18 mile runs in under four minutes.
The gun lap... and Ryun starts to pull away from Grelle and the pack. The gap widens and widens as the 20 year old Kansan heads for his twelfth victory in under four minutes. His time for the final lap -- a blazing fifty-three and a half seconds. -- and a victory by 35 yards. a new world record of three minutes, fifty-one and one-tenths seconds.... shaving two-tenths off the record Ryun set in Los Angeles on June 2nd.