Irishman, Ron Delaney - first man to run a four-minute mile in the United States - beat world-record holder, Derek Ibbotson, in a "revenge" meeting in Dublin on Monday, July 29.
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SPORT: MILE RACING
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Background: Irishman, Ron Delaney - first man to run a four-minute mile in the United States - beat world-record holder, Derek Ibbotson, in a "revenge" meeting in Dublin on Monday, July 29.
Only recently, the two men had figured in a breath-taking race at the White City Stadium, London, when Ibbotson beat Delaney - holder of the Olympic 1,500 metre title - and also shattered John Landy's mile record.
Running before 20,000 wildly excited Irish fans, Delaney ran a well judged race to produce his famous finishing burst and beat Ibbotson on the home straight by two yards.
The time of 4 minutes 5.4 seconds was quite slow by present-day standards and Ibbotson was several seconds slower than his best with a time of 4 minutes 5.9 seconds.
For the first two laps, the pace was set by local runner, Thomas, who galloped away and established quite a long lead from P.R. Clarke, with Ibbotson third.
At the end of the second of the five laps. Clarke went into the lead and the first half-mile was covered in 2min 2 secs, too slow for the sub four-minute mile that the crowd had expected. Clarke held his lead until the start of the final lap when Ibbotson sprang into the lead.
Delaney refused to be unsettled by this burst of speed and made up much of the leeway on the back straight, drawing level with Ibbotson on the turn and then pulling slowly away.
The victory effort took so much out of Delaney that he was violently sick after the race.
He was too tired to give an interview to Radio Eireanan, and for a long time afterwards was unable to speak to pressmen, while Ibbotson gleefully jogged round the track with a huge smile on his face.