Thursday, January 20, 2011
Liquori and Ryun with One to Go
Lots of photos of the 1971 Dream Mile are in circulation. This one, however, is pretty rare. Liquori and Ryun are about to run a last lap of 54.6. Liquori stated afterward that they ran the last lap "like two kids running from the cops." The race went through two laps in 2:03 and Liquori, fearing a sit-and-kick scanario that would play into the hands of Ryun, took off at the start of the third lap. Liquori went 56.7 and 54.6 over laps three and four (1:51.3): one seasoned track fan at the race, upon seeing Liquori burst to the font after lap two, thought that Liquori had miscounted the laps.
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