Q&A #10

Who has run the most sub-4 minute miles? ____   How many? _____

Answer:  Steve Scott has run the most sub-four-minute miles, with 136. 


In the sport of athletics, the four-minute mile is the act of completing the mile run(exactly 1,609.344 meters, 5280 feet) in less than four minutes. It was first achieved in 1954 by Roger Bannister in 3:59.4.[1] The 'four minute barrier' has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all professionalmiddle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.[2] Running a mile in four minutes translates to a speed of 15 miles per hour. The average human male runs between 6 and 11 miles per hour.[citation needed]

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Current mile world record holderHicham El Guerrouj (left) at the start of a race

John Walker, the first man to run the mile under 3:50, managed to run 135 sub-four-minute miles during his career (during which he was the first person to run over 100 sub-four-minute miles), and American 

Steve Scott has run the most sub-four-minute miles, with 136. 

Currently, the mile record is held by Hicham El Guerrouj, who ran a time of 3:43.13 in Rome in 1999.

During the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games hosted in Vancouver, BC, two competing runners, John Landy and Roger Bannister ran the distance of one mile in under four minutes. The race's end is memorialized in a statue of the two (with Landy glancing over his shoulder, thus losing the race) placed in front of the Pacific National Exhibition entrance plaza.

In 1964, Jim Ryun became the first high school runner to break four minutes for the mile, running 3:59.0 as a junior and a then-American record 3:55.3 as a senior in 1965.[3] Tim Danielson (1966) and Marty Liquori (1967) also came in under four minutes, but Ryun's high school record stood until Alan Webb ran 3:53.43 in 2001.[4] Ten years later, in 2011, Lukas Verzbicas became the fifth high schooler under four minutes.[5]

Another illustration of the progression of performance in the men's mile is that in 1994, forty years after Bannister's breaking of the barrier, the Irish runner Eamonn Coghlan became the first man over age 40 to run a sub-four-minute mile.[6]

No woman has yet run a four-minute mile: the current women's world record is held by retiredRussian Svetlana Masterkova, with a time of 4:12.56 in 1996.[7]

In 1997, Daniel Komen of Kenya ran two miles in less than eight minutes, doubling up on Bannister's accomplishment.[8]



Men's record progression


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The world record in the mile run is the best mark set by a male or female runner in the middle-distance track and field event. TheIAAF is the official body which oversees the records. Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men's record holder with his time of 3:43.13 minutes, while Svetlana Masterkova has the women's record of 4:12.56 minutes.[1] Since 1976, the mile is the only non-metric distance recognized by the IAAF for record purposes.

Accurate times for the mile run (1.609344 km) were not recorded until after 1850, when the first precisely measured running tracks were built. Foot racing had become popular in England by the 17th century, when footmen would race and their masters would wager on the result. By the 19th century "pedestrianism", as it was called, had become very popular and the best times recorded in the period were by professionals. Even after professional foot racing died out, it was not until 1915 that the professional record of 4:12¾ minutes (set byWalter George in 1886) was surpassed by an amateur.

Progression of the mile record accelerated in the 1930s, as newsreel coverage greatly popularized the sport, making stars out of milers such as Jules LadoumègueJack Lovelock, and Glenn Cunningham. In the 1940s, Swedes Arne Andersson and Gunder Hägg lowered the record to just over four minutes (4:01.4) while racing was curtailed in the combatant countries due to World War II. After the war, it was John Landy of Australia and Britain's Roger Bannister who took up the challenge of being the first to break the fabled four-minute mile barrier. Roger Bannister did it first, and John Landy followed 46 days later. By the end of the 20th century, the record had been lowered to 3:43.13, by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999.[2]

On the women's side, the first sub-5:00 mile was achieved by Britain's Diane Leather 23 days after Bannister's first sub-4:00 mile. But the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) did not recognize women's records for the distance until 1967, when Anne Rosemary Smith of Britain ran 4:37.0. The current women's world record is 4:12.56 by Svetlana Masterkova of Russia, set on August 14, 1996.


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