Bob Schul 1963-64: A History

Returning to Miami of Ohio in the Fall of 1963, Bob would put to good use the lessons he had been taught. Training by himself, without an indoor facility, during the winter was a challenge but the goal he had set for himself kept him going, doing twice a day workouts. With a great fall workout schedule he went into the indoor season in the best shape of his life. After breaking the American record for three miles in an early meet he and Bruce Kidd of Canada, traded wins in eight meets, neither winning by more than inches in any race. During the outdoor season he went undefeated at 5000 meters, breaking the American records for three miles in 13:15.4 and the 5K in 13:38, running the last lap in :54. (The world record was13:35) Bob stated afterwards, “If lap splits had been given during the race it would have been easy to have broken the world record.” After winning the USA vs USSR meet, the National Championships and the first Olympic trials in June, he broke the world record for two miles. (8:26.4) This was run on a dirt track.  He then ran his second mile under four minutes, winning in (3:58.9), again on a dirt track. Winning the Final Olympic trials and having the fastest time in the world, he was picked as the favorite by Track and Field News and Sports Illustrated, the first time an American distance runner had been picked to win a Gold medal. (Through 2012 Bob is the only American to win a Gold Medal in an Olympic race over 1500 meters who was the favorite going into the race.) Bob is one of only five Americans to win a Gold medal in a distance race in Olympic history.
Bob Schul AUGUST 29, 1964 setting the 2 mile world record at 8:26.4
 

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