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  • First African American Four Minute Mile

    Question for the experts. Was Reggie McAfee the first African American to break four minutes in the mile? For years I have assumed that he was but wanted to put my assumption up to expert scrutiny.

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    How well do you know Nos. 1 through 51?

    http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/archive/U.S.Sub-4s.pdf

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    • #3
      Thank you for your reply gh. I'm not sure how your reply helps answer my question, but thanks

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      • #4
        that's a neat list..... and I believe that Reggie indeed was # 1.

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        • #5
          I always hoped that Jerome Walters would do it back in the 50's....but I think he was a few seconds shy. What were his PR's in mile and 1500m? sems like he was about 3:46 and 4:04...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh
            How well do you know Nos. 1 through 51?

            http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/archive/U.S.Sub-4s.pdf
            Nice list. Without scanning the list (which I just did) what is the significance of Steve Holman's entry?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bad hammy
              Originally posted by gh
              How well do you know Nos. 1 through 51?

              http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/archive/U.S.Sub-4s.pdf
              Nice list. Without scanning the list (which I just did) what is the significance of Steve Holman's entry?
              Fastest initial sub-4?

              I know he's not the first Minnesotan (probably Mike Slack)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dj
                Originally posted by bad hammy
                Originally posted by gh
                How well do you know Nos. 1 through 51?

                http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/archive/U.S.Sub-4s.pdf
                Nice list. Without scanning the list (which I just did) what is the significance of Steve Holman's entry?
                Fastest initial sub-4?
                Bingo - 3:53.31. Lamong broke through last year with a 3:53.97. Maree is on the list with a 3:48(!), but with the caveat that the time was his first as a US citizen, not his first ever.

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                • #9
                  I believe McAfee also had the heartbreak of being a 4:00.0 miler before he was a member of the sub-4:00 club. But I could be making that up.

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                  • #10
                    It was either McAfee or Tommy Fulton, in '73.

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                    • #11
                      As you'll see from the linked list, McAfee was No. 52, Fulton (5 weeks later) No. 55.

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                      • #12
                        Denis FIkes was close behind at #68.

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                        • #13
                          I thought Byron Dyce claimed this honor...no?

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                          • #14
                            The T&FN list includes only those "Americans" who were such in an international eligibility sense. A dual citizen like Byron doesn't qualify.

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                            • #15
                              Byron Dyce has held only one passport in his life - an American passport. He is the first African American to break 4:00. Followed by Reggie McAfee, Tommy Fulton, Denis Fikes and Mike Wyatt.

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