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In 2011, Pharson Magagane of South Africa became apparently the only man to ever run an electronically timed 4:00.00 for an outdoor mile. He hasn't improved on that time since.

http://www.athletics.org.za/News/Dis...spx?niid=12567
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The request went out to the ATFS (Association of Track and Field Statisticians) to determine if anyone in the history of the sport had run exactly four minutes for the mile. The ATFS were stumped, as they only record sub 4-minute mile recordings.

It was left to Finish Statistician Mirko Jalava (author of the website Tilastopaja) to find the information. According to him, Magagane is the only athlete to ever run a 4-minute dead mile since the inception of electronic timing. According to Jalava there are 5 athletes in world athletics who have the exact 4-minute mile.

The first athlete on record to clock an exact 4minute mile was Italy’s Gianni Del Buono when he clocked 4:00.0 indoors in Inglewood California on 9 February 1973. In 1996 two athletes were clocked (hand time) with a 4min mile. Brandon Bethke in Wellington, USA 26 February, and Gary Lough in Cheltenham on 4 August.

Uganda’s Julius Achon ran 4:00.00 indoors in Allston, Massachusetts (Harvard Univ) on 26 January 1997. This means that South Africa’s Pharson Magagane has the distinction of being the first ever athlete to record a legitimate outdoor time of 4:00:00.
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a kid from cornell i think ran a 4 flat at the recent heptagonal meet. indoors. but it was apparently 3:59.997 or something and so they round it and he doesn't get credit for the sub4.
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a kid from cornell i think ran a 4 flat at the recent heptagonal meet. indoors. but it was apparently 3:59.997 or something and so they round it and he doesn't get credit for the sub4.
This must be the guy you're talking about:

http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250...omes-Wild-Ride

They said the time was 3:59.998. They always round up to the next hundredth, so even 3:59.991 would be officially recorded as 4:00.00.

But that 4:00.00 indoors is at least as good as 3:58 outdoors, and he's only 21, so something very unfortunate would have to happen to stop him from running a proper sub-4 someday.
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that's the guy. he's a friend of a friend on facebook. otherwise I wouldn't have heard of it.
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Watch out for this kid at the next Olympics.

Yesterday at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway ran the mile in an amazing 3:52.28, to place 4th in a race full of adult professionals and Olympians, including American Matt Centrowitz (2016 Olympic gold medalist) who placed 6th. That time broke the under-20 European record, and he still has the rest of this year and all of next year to keep attacking that age group record.

Last year, he and his two older brothers all ran a sub-4 minute mile on the same day (different races), which made them the first trio of brothers in history to ever accomplish that on the same day (and possibly lifetime, but that is harder to verify).

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