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News15 Jun 2021

Hassan turns attention to the mile in Gateshead

Sifan Hassan will test her speed once again when she races the mile at the Muller British Grand Prix – a Wanda Diamond League meeting – at Gateshead International Stadium on 13 July.

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Feature20 Feb 2021

Chairman of the boards puts the record(s) straight

It was 40 years ago, at the Jack-in-the-Box Invitational track meet in the San Diego Sports Arena, that Eamonn Coghlan enhanced his reputation as the greatest indoor miler of all time.

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Report29 Dec 2020

McSweyn breaks Australian all-comers’ record with world-leading 3:50.61 mile

Stewart McSweyn capped a memorable 2020 campaign with a lifetime best in the mile in the Tasmanian town of Penguin on Tuesday (29), clocking an Australian all-comers’ record of 3:50.61.

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Press Release25 Oct 2020

Trophy and bib number from mile greats Delany and Tabori donated to Heritage

Ireland’s Ron Delany and Hungary’s late Laszlo Tabori, two of the standout middle-distance runners of the 1950s, were friends and rivals. A recent discovery in the USA has reignited memories of the connection between these mile running greats and resulted in two significant additions to the World Athletics Heritage Collection.

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Feature31 Jul 2020

How Davis and Bayi made history for Tanzania

When Ron Davis started out in athletics, he probably never dreamed that he would get to travel the world doing what he loved best – much less that it would lead to him laying down roots half way across the world in Tanzania.

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News17 Jul 2020

Recalling Hägg’s 4:01.4 world record mile, on its 75th anniversary

It was 75 years ago today, on 17 July 1945, in the Swedish city of Malmö that the first sub-four minute mile was so nearly achieved. Almost nine years before that honour fell to Britain's Roger Bannister the 26 year-old Swede, Gunder Hägg, came within four strides of athletic immortality. His time was 4:01.3, rounded up to 4:01.4 for world record ratification purposes as times for the mile officially then had to be recorded to a fifth of a second.

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Feature13 Feb 2020

With mile breakthrough, Purrier shows her strength

It’s an accepted truism in middle-distance running: the kick is determined not so much by speed, but strength – the ability to harness the highest percentage of your top pace when it matters most.

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News05 Feb 2020

Coghlan, ‘Chairman of the Boards’, donates Wanamaker Mile trophy and world record spikes to Heritage Collection

Ireland’s 1983 world 5000m champion Eamonn Coghlan has very generously donated two important historic athletics items from his illustrious running career to the World Athletics Heritage Collection.

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Feature14 Dec 2019

Leather and Bannister – the similarities and differences of two trailblazers

The world reverberated with the news that Roger Bannister had become the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes on 6 May 1954. Twenty three days later, a landmark was achieved in the women’s mile when fellow Briton Diane Leather became the first to dip under five minutes – unheralded, and, at the time, without fanfare.

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News22 Nov 2019

Legends gather to celebrate the mile in Monaco

Australia’s 1960 Olympic 1500m champion and former mile world record holder Herb Elliott, now 81, sent his regrets at not being able to attend the World Athletics Heritage Mile Night held at Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel on Thursday (21).

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Press Release21 Nov 2019

Bannister and Charles among the honourees at World Athletics Heritage Mile Night celebration

Roger Bannister and Diane Leather Charles, who respectively became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes and the first woman to break the five-minute barrier for the distance, were among the honourees at the ‘World Athletics Heritage Mile Night’ in Monaco on Thursday (21).

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Plaque20 Nov 2019

Emsley Carr Mile

The race was inaugurated in 1953 by Sir William Carr in memory of his father Sir Emsley Carr, a former editor of the News of the World.

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