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Don Bowden

Full name: Donald Paul "Don" Bowden
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: August 8, 1936 in San José, California, United States
Affiliations: California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Don Bowden is best known as the first American to run a mile under four minutes, which he did in 1957, clocking 3:58.7 at the Pacific Association AAU Meet. In 1958 he ran on a U Cal Berkeley 4x880 yard relay team which broke the world record, although the mark was inferior to the 4x800 m record. Bowden was NCAA 800 champion in 1957, helping Cal finish second in the team race. He was also fourth in the mile that year at NCAAs. Bowden was Pacific Coast Conference Champion in the 880 yds in 1957 and the mile in 1958. He was later inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. Bowden worked for many years with Allied Chemical and helped to develop and promote the Tartan track, the first artificial running surface.

Personal Bests: 400 – 47.9 (1957); 880y – 1:47.2 (1957); 1500 – 3:46.5 (1957); Mile – 3:58.7 (1957).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 11 h2 r1/2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 11 3:59,7
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