Tony Waldrop, a fourth year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chalked up his third sub-four minute mile in ten days at an indoor athletics meeting in Philadelphia on Monday (28 January).
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SV Marty Liquori chased by Waldrop who edges in front and crosses line for victory
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Background: Tony Waldrop, a fourth year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chalked up his third sub-four minute mile in ten days at an indoor athletics meeting in Philadelphia on Monday (28 January). His victory was all the more resounding as it was his second win in three days over United States star international miler Marty Liquori.
The 22-year-old Waldrop ra his first sub-four minute mile in Richmond, Virginia. A few day s later, he ran against Marty Liquori in the "Uannamaker Mile" race at a meeting in New York, beating the Olympic runner with a time of three minutes 59.7 seconds.
On Monday , the two runners were content to let Barry Brown, a member of a Philadelphia athletics club, take the lead, but in the third-from-last-lap Liquori and Waldrop pulled away from th other three runners. Waldrop, who has a strong finish, let Liquori set the pace, and stayed about two yards (two metres) behind until the final lap. Then Waldrop put on his final burst, passing an astonished Liquori at the finishing line.
Tony Waldrop's successes have been all the more spectacular because until very recently he has been a half-miler, and National Collegiate Athletic Association champion i the 1,000 yard (914 metres) event.