Born LÃ¡szlÃ³ Talabircsuk, LÃ¡szlÃ³ TÃ¡bori claimed he learned to run in World War II, when he stole food from German soldiers and ran for his escape. He joined the HÃ³nved Club after the war, training under MihÃ¡ly Igloi, and made the world lists for the first time in 1954. TÃ¡bori left the Army in 1955 and began work in a leather factory, but it was that year that he emerged as a world leader. He became the third man (after [Roger Bannister] and [John Landy]) to break 4-minutes for the mile, recording 3:59.0 to beat Britons [Chris Chataway] and [Brian Hewson], who followed him under four minutes. In Oslo, on 6 September 1955, he equaled the world record of 3:40.8 for 1,500 metres, set by his countryman [SÃ¡ndor Iharos]. At Melbourne he had to race shortly after the Soviet invasion of his country, and all the Hungarian performances suffered. After the Olympics he defected to the United States with Igloi, where he ran through the 1962 season. He worked as a wheelchair designer and began coaching the San Fernando Valley Track Club, later opening a running shoe store.
Personal Bests\: 1500 â 3:40.8 (1955); Mile â 3:59.0 (1955); 5000 â 13:52.6 (1960).