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Jim Ryun

Full name: James Ronald "Jim" Ryun
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: April 29, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, United States
Affiliations: Club West
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Although undoubtedly the finest middle distance runner of his time, Jim Ryun failed three times to add his name to the roll of Olympic champions. When the 17-year-old Ryun made his Olympic début in 1964 he had already run the first sub-four minute mile by a schoolboy, but in Tokyo he disappointed by finishing last in his 1,500 m semi-final. By the time of the Mexico Games, Ryun held the world records at 880 y, 1,500 m, and the mile, but in the Olympic final he was outwitted and outrun by Kip Keino of Kenya. Such was Ryun's talent that the world records he had set in 1967 for 1,500 m and the mile were still intact when he made his third Olympic appearance in 1972. Tragically, he was tripped in his 1,500 m heat and his silver medal would remain his sole Olympic reward after dominating his specialty for many seasons. Domestically, Ryun fared better, winning the AAU mile for three years straight from 1965 and the NCAA mile for Kansas in 1967. After his graduation, Ryun began a career as a photojournalist, but also operated running camps and ran several businesses. In 1994 he entered politics and served 10 years in the U.S. Congress as a Republican Representative from Kansas, from 1996-2007.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:44.2y (1966); 1500 – 3:33.1 (1967); Mile – 3:51.1 (1967); 2 miles – 8:25.2 (1966); 5000 – 13:38.2 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 9 h1 r2/3
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 9 h4 r1/3

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 9 3:55.0
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 4 QU 3:44.4
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 2 3:37.8 3:37.89
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:51.2 3:51.25
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 3:45.7 3:45.80
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 9 3:51,5
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