Jim Ryun world record

In this June 23, 1967, photo, Jim Ryun crosses the tape at the finish line of the National Amateur Athletic Union mile race at Memorial Stadium in Bakersfield in a world-record time of 3:51.1. The record stood for nearly eight years and for more than 14 years as the American record.

Jim Ryun will return this week to the scene of his record-setting performance over 50 years ago.

Ryun, who blew away the existing world record in the outdoor mile with a time of 3:51.1 at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium on June 23, 1967 in the National Amateur Athletic Union Championships, will be honored this weekend at BC during the CCCAA State Track and Field Championships.

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