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JIM RYUN MIDDLE DISTANCES (Inducted 1980)

Born April 29, 1947, Wichita, Kan.

Another great miler from the University of Kansas, Jim Ryun arrived on the international track scene early in life, making the 1964 Olympic team while still a student at East High School in Wichita, Kan. He was a semifinalist in the 1,500 but a year later won the first of his three National AAU one-mile titles.

At Kansas, Ryun won five national collegiate titles, four of them indoors, and became the world record holder in the 880 yards, one mile and 1,500 meters. He set the last two records in 1967 and later that year received the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. Although ill with mononucleosis in 1968, he still made the Olympic team and fought off the rarified air of Mexico City to take the silver medal in the 1,500. He retired in 1969 but came back in 1972 and again qualified for the U.S. team. However, a fall at Munich ended his medal hopes. He turned professional in 1973. He now lives in Lawrence, Kan., and is a U.S. Representative.

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