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Throwback—Kenya’s Mike Boit runs 3:28 highway mile

Within the age of tremendous footwear and ridiculous one-mile occasions, one man’s highway mile from 1983 has aged like advantageous wine. When 1972 Olympic 800m medallist Mike Boit of Kenya pulled as much as the 1983 Molenberg Mile in Auckland, New Zealand, he threw down a ridiculous time of three minutes and 28 seconds, a time runners haven’t come near within the current period.

The Molenberg Mile course was a tad downhill, with round 200 metres of elevation loss from the highest of Queen Avenue to Auckland’s harbour. It could be equal to descending nearly half of Toronto’s CN Tower. 

Though Boit’s time is among the quickest mile occasions ever by a human, downhill highway miles are usually not eligible for information. Most world-class middle-distance runners dream of breaking 3:30 within the 1,500m, however on this loopy race, three males went underneath 3:30 for the mile. Olympians Steve Scott of the U.S. was second in 3:29.44, and Ray Flynn of Eire completed third in 3:29.66.

The elevation of the Molenburg Mile course. Picture: Strava

Boit had a legendary observe and subject profession, as the principle rival of British Olympic champion and now World Athletics president Seb Coe. He received bronze within the 800m on the 1972 Olympics in Munich, in a race higher recognized for the well-known last-to-first comeback kick by U.S. Olympian Dave Wottle.

The world’s quickest downhill miler additionally had a fourth-place end within the 1,500m behind fellow legendary Kenyan runner Kipchoge Keino.

In the identical downhill race, Canada’s Brit McRoberts sprinted to a 4:03 mile to complete second, simply behind Christine Hughes of New Zealand, who received the race in 4:02.93.

Hicham El Guerrouj
Hicham El Guerrouj (left) on the 2004 Athens Olympics

Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco is the present males’s mile report holder along with his time of three:43.13, whereas Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands holds the girls’s mile report of 4:12.33. 

Because the Molenberg Mile was such successful within the early Nineteen Eighties, the organizers determined to make a sequence round this race with completely different venues and surfaces throughout New Zealand. Races had been held on the trotting observe at Addington in Christchurch, the flat highway at Mount Maunganui, the seashore at Paraparaumu and the traditional downhill of Queen Avenue in Auckland. The sequence got here to a halt in 1984. 

This race wants to return again into existence. 



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