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Bob Schul
As an American and World champion, Bob further distinguished himself at the 1964 Olympics in Toykyo. As one of a handful of Americans in our history, Bob took home the Gold for the 5,000 meter run.

Bob was the 1964 Olympic Champion
at 5,000 meters in Tokyo. He held five American and one world record. Schul is the only American Distance runner who has won a Gold Medal while being the favorite going into the Games. Picked by Sports Illustrated and Track and Field News to win the Gold Medal based on his having the fastest time in the world that year (13:38) at 5k (world record was 13:35), as well as setting a new world record in the two mile (8:26.4) and 3:58.9 in the mile. (All were run on dirt tracks)(The 13:38 is equal to a 13:14 on the all-weather tracks.) As a sophomore at Miami University (Ohio), He ran 4:12.1 in the mile for a new school record. During the outdoor season he went undefeated at 5000 meters, breaking the American records for three miles in 13:15.4 and the 5K in 13:38, running the last lap in: 54. (The world record was 13:35) After winning the USA vs. USSR meet, the National Championships and the first Olympic trials in June, he broke the world record for two miles. (8:26.4) He then ran his second mile under four minutes (3:58.9). Bob is one of only five Americans to win a Gold Medal in a distance race in Olympic history.


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