Parry O'Brien Video Helsinki to Rome (interviewed by Caitlin Jenner)
|Burleson being interviewed by Bob Richards.|
One of our readers points out that yesterday, Feb. 20, 2016 was
Bob Richards' 90th birthday.
Dyrol Burleson wins the mile against minimal opposition in 4:04.7. Jerry Lindgren is finding the indoor season more challenging than last year. He decides to change tactics in the two mile. Tired of being the guy who sets the pace, he goes out slow (no splits given) and attempts to finish strong. Not a good plan, Gerry. Hungary's Lajos Mecser handles him easily, 8:43.0 to 8:49.4.
His objective is Jim Beatty's indoor two mile record of 8:30.8. At the halfway point his 4:13.8 puts him only three tenths behind Beatty's pace. Once that announcement has been made, the crowd of 9300 comes alive. With the announcement of each succeeding quarter mile time, the roar increases. With a quarter mile to go, the great Australian needs a 63 second finish. He does that with ease, coming home in 61.1 to take Beatty's mark by two full seconds in 8:28.8. Let's see, this is Clarke's – give us a minute to count them all - 16th world record.
Art Walker in Action See Walker's style in this clip.
the Daily Oklahoman as well (When Pete saw the paper he shouted: "Why did they have to print that?"). But Ryun also inspired me. As a freshman I set my goal was to run sub-4:00, and I actually believed I could. My best mile at OU was a 4:07.8 relay split at Texas Relays my senior year. Three years later, in 1972, I ran 4:02.1 in the Meet of Champions in Houston. I competed seriously through 1976 but never bettered that mark. Today I joke that not breaking 4:00 was the great failure of my life. In reality, trying to break it -- running track at OU -- led to the successes of my life.
|Bill Blewett can be seen on the pole after completing the|
first lap at the Big 8 outdoor meet a few years later. Kind of
a tight bunch.
|Perry, Mellady, Taylor, Kemp after that|
2 mile relay win
North Hollywood, New York City, Lansing, Toronto
Seriously folks, if any of you know the current whereabouts of Mr. Art Walker, former world record holder indoors in the Triple Jump, we would love to have that information. We would like to give him the recognition he deserves for that WR in Albequerque 50 years ago. You can notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve, Roy, and George