Sunday, February 12, 2012

This Day in Running- February 12th

This day in running, February 12th...

1909- James Clark of the United States ran a then-world record of 2:46:52.8 in the Marathon.  Clark set this record in the Brooklyn Marathon, beating the previous record set on January 1st of the same year, by nearly 6 minutes.  Clark's record would prove to be short lived as well.  Clark later became the President of the Long Island Athletic Club.

1997- Hicham El Guerrouj also set the World Indoor record in the Mile at 3:48.45.  "El G" was a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 5k and 1500 in Athens as well as a silver in the 1500 4 years earlier in Sydney.  He also captured 7 World Championship Gold Medals from 1997 to 2003.  El G also holds records indoors and out for the 1500 and the Outdoor Mile and 2000m.

Hicham El Guerrouj Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco celebrates after he finished first and won gold in the men's 5,000 metre final on August 28, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.
El G celebrating his second Gold in Athens

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