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George Young Profile
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...Although he was on the Western High School track team (as a relay runner with a 53-second quarter-mile and a 4:40 Mile to his name), George Young didn?t show enough talent to earn a university track scholarship. Nevertheless, he decided to enroll at the University of Arizona, planning to work part-time to pay the bills. After obtaining a dishwashing job by joining a fraternity, he found he had ...

Martin Hyman Profile
1960s

...English distance runner Martin Hyman lacked basic speed. He couldn?t beat 2:00 for 800; his best 400 was a pedestrian 57.5. Yet he was able to place 4th in three major track championships, and from 1958 to 1964 he recorded times that even today would put him in the top six of the British rankings for 10,000. On the road he was considered by some as unbeatable. He had notable wins in Spain and B...

Gerry Lindgren Profile
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...Until the 1960s teenagers rarely competed in distance events. It was universally believed that distance running was a mature man?s sport; teenagers were strongly discouraged from running long distances on the road and track. Only in cross-country races were they allowed to run longer distances up to 5,000. Thus up to 1960 no American teenagers, except for Louis Zamperini, posted world class tim...

Jean Wadoux Profile
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...Frenchman Jean Wadoux emerged in the 1960s as one of the world?s finest middle-distance runners. He was a worthy successor to Michel Jazy, in whose shadow his early career developed. His greatest achievement was a European 1,500 record of 3:34.0 in 1970. At that time it was the second-fastest 1,500 ever recorded. Wadoux also ran the 5,000 in 13:28.0. His competitive record was excellent, althou...

Wes Santee Profile
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...  The ban came in the Olympic year of 1956, when he was just 24. His brilliant running over the three previous years had made him a favorite for the Olympic 1,500 title in Melbourne. He had dominated American miling, winning nearly all his races by large margins and setting records galore, including a 1,500 world record. He was also very successful over 800/880, running the great Mal Whitfield ...

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