Racing Past

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Lasse Viren Profile

Lasse Viren Profile  b. July 22, 1949   This great Finnish runner will not be remembered for his three world records. Rather, his name will always be associated with the four Olympic gold medals he won at two consecutive games in the 5,000 and 10,000. Lasse Viren’s wins in Muni...

Horace Ashenfelter Profile

HORACE ASHENFELTER: PROFILE   b. 1923  5’10”/1.78m  128lbs/58kg                  Horace Ashenfelter’s 1952 Olympic win in the 3,000 Steeplechase is widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in Ol...

Ronnie Delany Profile

Ronnie Delany Profile   b. 1935       Irishman Ron Delany’s development from a 17-year-old 2:04 half –miler to a 21-year-old Olympic 1,500 champion can justly be called meteoric. Of course, he had natural ability, but there were other ingredie...

Tom Farrell Profile

Tom Farrell Profile   b. January 18, 1944 5’7”/1.70, 140lbs/63.5kg     Tom Farrell testifies to the Senate Commerce Committee in 1965. When American 800-runnerTom Farrell arrived at Mexico City for the 1968 Olympics, he believed he ...

Bruce Tulloh Profile

Bruce Tulloh Profile   b. 29 September 1935 5’7”/1.71; 119lbs/54kg   Bruce Tulloh became a world-class runner in the 1960s, despite having limited natural talent. When in 1955 he returned home to England from his military service in Hong Kong, he was l...

Bill Bonthron Profile

Bill Bonthron Profile   1912-1983   With his talents, American miler Bill Bonthron could have conquered the world. He had strength, speed and a tenacious competitive drive. But while he performed brilliantly in his own country and even set a world record for 1,500 in 1934, he made...

Wes Santee Profile

Wes Santee Profile  1932-2010 6-0.5 (185cm)  150 lbs (68 kg)    With Mile times of 4:01.3, 4:00.6, 4:00.7, 4:00.5 and 4:01.3, Wes Santee came so close to breaking the four-minute Mile. He had been hoping to be the first to break this tantalizing barrier. Then af...

Jean Wadoux Profile

Jean Wadoux Profile  b. 29 January 1942    Jean Wadoux "Regard clair et aigu" Michel Jazy 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 ear...

Gerry Lindgren Profile

Gerry Lindgren Profile  b. 9 March 1946   Few runners have appeared on the distance-running scene as dramatically as American Gerry Lindgren. In 1964 while still a schoolboy, he emerged from a remote area of Washington State near the Canadian border to run a series of worl...

George Young Profile

GEORGE YOUNG PROFILE  b. 1932   American middle-distance runner George Young will be remembered most of all for establishing American steeplechasing on the international map, for solidifying the 1952 gold-medal achievement of Horace Ashenfelter. Young placed fifth and thir...


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