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Jim Ryun
Breaking the world record for the mile at age 19, Jim Ryun inspired generations. He is a three-time U.S. Olympian in the 1,500-meters and held the world record in five events. As the first prep miler to break four minutes, he won three state mile run titles – the last a national record that still stands.

1964 At Wichita East H.S., became the first prep miler to break four minutes (3:59.0)
Beat the Olympic champion and set the American mile record (3:55.3)
1965 1965 Set the male High School Mile Record of 3:55.3, which stood for 36 years

Held five World Records
Medley Relay

Won three State mile run titles –
the last a 3.58.3 national record that still stands

Notable Achievements:

Three-time U.S. Olympian in 1,500-meters (1964, 68, 72)

Silver Medallist in the 1968 Olympic Games

Awards and Honors:

Named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated
in 1966 (the youngest ever)

Won Sullivan Award as nation’s top amateur athlete in 1966

Won re-election to the Second District Congressional seat for his fourth term by a margin of 22 points


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