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    Jim Ryun still holds the American junior record for the two-mile (8:25.2) which he set at the 1966 Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles (May 13). I have tried to find a video of that race, but haven't had much luck. Any ideas?

    The Pre Classic (20 days from today) will feature a two-mile run with an excellent field. Ryun's American junior record is now 53 years old (I know the two-mile is not run much any more).

    Thanks for any help with a video of that 1966 race.

  • #2
    I've just put it on You-Tube: (from the german/fench television ARTE in german language)
    look under:

    00660513 Coliseum Relays Ryun vs Keino .....


    also look on youtube under:

    Jim Ryun and Kipchoge Keino Documentary - Part 2

    if you want to see it in the english language
    Last edited by paw; 06-11-2019, 08:56 AM.

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    • #3
      Thank you, paw!

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      • #4
        Ryun ran 8:25.2 for the two-mile at the Coliseum Relays in May of 1966. About three weeks later in June, he won the mile at the Compton Invitational (L.A. Coliseum) in 3:53.7 (fastest counter-clockwise mile at that time). Ryun was a freshman at Kansas then. Thanks again, paw.

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        • #5
          here are a great site with many of the best races of Jim Ryun:

          0064 – 0066 – 0067- 0072 - Jim Ryun Compton 3.53.7-vs Snell 1965-OT1964-orld record 880y 1966-Harrison Dillard in 1948

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          • #6
            Thank you, paw.

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            • #7
              Yes, thank you, Paw.

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              • #8
                Is there a record for the clockwise mile?

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                • #9
                  Might be Michel Jazy's 3:53.6 from, I believe, 1965.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by paw View Post
                    here are a great site with many of the best races of Jim Ryun:

                    0064 – 0066 – 0067- 0072 - Jim Ryun Compton 3.53.7-vs Snell 1965-OT1964-orld record 880y 1966-Harrison Dillard in 1948
                    https://video.lib.ku.edu/?page=3&sor...ype&sort_dir=d
                    He was the Bob Hayes of middle distance!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by user4 View Post
                      He was the Bob Hayes of middle distance!
                      Don’t think so. Hayes was Olympic Champion.

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                      • #12
                        Hayes won two Olympic gold medals in one Olympic Games. Ryun won one Olympic silver medal in three Olympic Games.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                          Hayes won two Olympic gold medals in one Olympic Games. Ryun won one Olympic silver medal in three Olympic Games.
                          Sadly, Ryun didn't get the chance to show his best in 1972 when he fell. Nowadays, a protest would have probably got him advanced.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                            Is there a record for the clockwise mile?
                            Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                            Might be Michel Jazy's 3:53.6 from, I believe, 1965.
                            I remember watching the Jazy WR on Wide World Of Sports at the time and scratching my head.I can't find a reference on quick look, but i'm pretty sure that it was a matter of the tape being reversed. Seriously. There was no precedent/reason for it to be run backwards.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by huntinwr View Post
                              Sadly, Ryun didn't get the chance to show his best in 1972 when he fell. Nowadays, a protest would have probably got him advanced.
                              yes, just in time to lose to Vasala :-)

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