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    Just got word that Rob Myers is attempting to complete this feat in the coming indoor season. Some of his friends are trying to figure out what other Americans have ever pulled this off. Naturally, they asked me to help figure this out. So far I can say with certainty that Steve Scott did (15 times in a row, 1977 to 1991) and that Steve Holman only got to nine. Our other suspects are Marty Liquori and Jim Spivey, but there may be others.

    I figured that someone out there probably already has this one figured out, and why not allow them to display the fruits of their labor (in other words, I don't have the necessary data at my fingertips)...

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    Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

    I'm missing a bit of data, but I can say with some degree of certainty that the only Americans who have turned the trick are Steve Scott (17 years in a row!) and Jim Spivey (13 years).

    Notables who did not are Jim Ryun (missed '70), Marty Liquori (missed '72), Sydney Maree (missed '84), and Alan Webb (missed '02 and '10).

    Prefontaine did it 6 years in a row, and might have made it had he lived long enough.

    The longest active streaks are 9 by Rob Myers; 7 by Leo Manzano and Bernard Lagat (discounting his years representing Kenya); and 6 by Russell Brown.

    Note that our big breakthrough star, Matt Centrowitz, does not have a streak going as he didn't break 4:00 in 2011.

    It's also interesting to see the number of US sub-4:00 milers each year, although we probably shouldn't read too much into it. From '88 to present...

    1968 12
    1969 6
    1970 14
    1971 13
    1972 15
    1973 21
    1974 22
    1975 18
    1976 - 1981 -- don't have full US list in my files
    1982 28
    1983 (don't have full US list in my files)
    1984 19
    1985 18
    1986 22
    1987 (don't have full US list in my files)
    1988 18
    1989 15
    1990 14
    1991 21
    1992 14
    1993 21
    1994 17
    1995 17
    1996 10
    1997 14
    1998 17
    1999 15
    2000 19
    2001 17
    2002 15
    2003 11
    2004 12
    2005 15
    2006 23
    2007 25
    2008 27
    2009 30
    2010 41
    2011 37

    There's been an explosion of depth recently.

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    • #3
      Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

      Originally posted by Mighty Favog
      2005 15
      2006 23
      2007 25
      2008 27
      2009 30
      2010 41
      2011 37

      There's been an explosion of depth recently.
      I'm guessing the majority of the explosion is on oversized indoor tracks (no wind, questionable curbing) in rabbited races.

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      • #4
        Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

        Note that our big breakthrough star, Matt Centrowitz, does not have a streak going as he didn't break 4:00 in 2011.

        Seems odd not to include sub 3:42 or so 1500m, as doing essentially the same job.

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        • #5
          Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

          Like I said, I wouldn't read too much into it, given its stature as a non-standard event during the outdoor season. It's interesting, maybe nothing more. Likewise, I think it's just an odd coincidence that Centro didn't break 4:00.

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          • #6
            Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

            bernard lagat currently has a 12 year streak of sub 4 minute miles.

            WAY WAY more impressive is lagat's current streak of 14 consecutive sub 3:35 for 1500's.

            that will be a good goal for wheating and centrowitz to surpass.

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            • #7
              Re: Sub-4:00 ten years in a row

              baala has a current streak of 13 consecutive sub 3:35 for 1500.

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