||On January 25, Herb
Elliott ran the mile in 3
minutes 58 seconds at Melbourne,
Australia. By year's end he had run a
sub-four-minute mile a total of ten
Delaney won the Banker's Mile
of the Chicago Daily News Relays
on March 14 with a world record indoor
mile time of 4 minutes 3.2 seconds.
Oerter set a new world record for the discus
with a throw of 202 feet 6 inches in the
University of Arkansas Relays in
Fayetteville on April 5.
||Frajo Mihalic won the
62nd Boston Marathon on
won the mile, distance, and sprint
medleys for the best showing in the Penn
Relays in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, April 25-26.
Outdoor Championship was held in
Berkeley, California, June 13-14. The
University of Southern California won its
20th team title with an 8-point advantage
over the University of Kansas. Ron Delany
wound up his collegiate career by wining
both the mile and half-mile events.
Charley Tidwell won the 220-yard low
hurdles in 22.7 seconds, the fastest time
that distance had ever been run around a
Glenn Davis of Ohio State ran the
440-yard in 45.7 seconds at the NCAA
Outdoor Championship meet on June 14 to
set a new world record.
Left: John Fromm of Pacific
Lutheran College threw the javelin for a
collegiate record 257 feet 1 inch at the
AAU Championships held at
Bakersfield, California, June 20-21,
produced three world records, one tied
world mark, an American record, and a
total of ten championship records. The
new world records were Harold Connolly's
225-foot-4-inch hammer throw, Glenn
Davis's 440-yard hurdles in 49.9 seconds,
and Herb Elliott's mile in 3 minutes 57.9
seconds. The latter two marks were
subsequently bettered during the year.
Eddie Southern tied a world record with
his time of 45.8 seconds in the 440-yard
run. Deacon Jones set a new American
record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase
with a time of 8 minutes 57.3 seconds.
Fifteen-year-old Josephine Spencer clears
the bar in the girls' high jump event of
the Women's National AAU
Morristown, New Jersey, on July 4.
Spencer placed third in the high jump.
Johnson of the University of California
at Los Angeles won the National
AAU Decathlon Title July 4-5 at
Palmyra, New York, with a total of 7,754
Empire and Commonwealth Games,
held at Cardiff, Wales, July 19-26, saw
all meet records equaled or bettered with
three exceptions. Gert Potgieter broke
the world 400-yard hurdles mark with a
time of 49.7 seconds.
||The Soviet Union and the United
States met in a two-day track and field
match in Moscow, Russia,
on July 27-28. The U.S. women's team did
better than expected but lost 63-44.
During the meet, Rafer Johnson set a
world record of 8,302 points in the
decathlon and Oleg Ryakhovsky of Russia
set a world record of 54 feet 5-1/4
inches in the hop, step, and jump. The
American star was Glenn Davis of Ohio
State, who won the 400-meter flat race
and the 400-meter hurdles and helped win
the 1,600-meter relay. The U.S. men's
team won the overall competition 126-109.
Left: Perry O'Brien put the
shot 62 feet 9.56 inches to win the event
in the U.S.-U.S.S.R. meet.
Johnson puts the shot during a decathlon
duel with Vasily Kuznetsov in Moscow.
Chromik established a world record of 8
minutes 32 seconds for the 3,000-meter
steeplechase during a U.S.-Poland meet in
Warsaw, Poland, on
Davis ran the 400-meter hurdles in the
world record time of 49.2 seconds at a
meet in Budapest, Hungary,
on August 5-6.
||Herb Elliott broke his own world
record for the mile with
a time of 3 minutes 54.5 seconds in
Dublin, Ireland, on August 6. His pace
also pulled three other rivals across the
line in what would have been record times
-- Merv Lincoln (3 minutes 54.9 seconds),
Ron Delany (3 minutes 57.5 seconds), and
Murray Halberg (3 minutes 57.5 seconds).
Albert Thomas ran the 2-Mile race in the
world record time of 8 minutes 32 seconds
at the same meet, on August 7.
All five of these track stars ran the
mile in under 4 minutes at Dublin. Herb
Elliott is in the middle of the top row.
Right: Elliott leads the five men
to the finish line at the Dublin meet.
||Herb Elliott added to
his many conquests at Göteburg,
Sweden,on August 28 when he ran the
1,500-meter in 3 minutes 36 seconds to
shatter the old world record of 3 minutes
38.1 seconds, which had been set by
John Lawlor set an IC4A record in
Villanova, Pennsylvania, with a
198-feet-8-inch hammer throw.
the amateur track season Rafer Johnson
and Glenn Davis competed for the Amateur
Athletic Union's James E. Sullivan
Memorial Award, presented anually to the
outstanding U.S. amateur athlete. Davis
was selected in the closest voting in the