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"Tim Butt will be the first British teenager to break the four-minute mile."/The Evening Post 1971 (Steve Ovett became the first in 1974)
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"Fifteen years ago there was no finer athletics prospect in the country than Tim Butt."/The Comet 1987..........It was Butt/Ovett before it was Coe/Ovett * Southern Counties Championships, Crystal Palace, 1971 800 metres 1. Tim Butt 1:55.8 (Championship Record/P.B.) 5. Steve Ovett 2:01.7
Attended Murray State University, Kentucky, on an Athletics Scholarship 1976-1979
Arrived In America, January 3 1976 in the Bicentennial year at J.F.K. International New York. Returned to NY 10 years later to run first and only marathon, in 1986, the Statue of Liberty 100th anniversary. * 2005 WORLD MARATHON CHAMPION Paula Radcliffe (G.B.) 2:20:57 (Championship Record)
One of Kentucky's top road runners during the 1980's
Inaugural member of Team Etonic, founded in 1983. Represented Etonic until 1987
Sponsored by Milestone Fitness Centre, Louisville, Kentucky, 1985-1990. Birthplace of Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest," olympic champion, three-time world heavyweight champion & athlete of the century. 10/30/74 The Fight Of The Century, Rumble In The Jungle, Ali v Foreman * Muhammad Ali Center opens in Louisville November 22 2005.
First broke four minutes for 1500 metres:

Brendan Foster (G.B.) 20

Anthony Whiteman (G.B) 19

Steve Prefontaine (U.S.A.) 17 (1951-1975)

Steve Ovett (G.B.) 17

Jim Ryun (U.S.A.) 16

Tim Butt (G.B./U.S.A.) 15

UK All-Time List:
1. Steve Cram 3:29.67 (1985)
2. Seb Coe 3:29.77 (1986)
3. Steve Ovett 3:30.77 (1983)

UK Rankings 2004:
1. Michael East 3:32.37 (6. UK All-Time) 3:36.42 3rd UK All-Time Indoors.
2009: Mo Farah 3:33.98 (11. UK All-Time)
In 1972 Tim became British Junior 1500 champion at the AAA Indoor Championships, equalling Dave Moorcroft's Championship Best Performance of 3:55.8. This stood until 1975 when Seb Coe won the title in 3:54.4. The time was also a UK All-Time Indoor Youth (U/18) Record, which stood until 1983 when Spencer Newport ran 3:55.4 (still-standing). Seb Coe was 18 when he won the title. On February 7 2004 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Tom Lancashire (Florida State University) set a British Junior Indoor mile record of 4:04.33 beating Barry Smith's 33 year-old record of 4:08.4. * July 11 2004 Manchester, England, Chris Mulvaney (Arkansas) 2004 N.C.A.A. 1500 metres champion wins British Olympic Trials 1500 metres. * UK All-Time Teenage 1500 metres: 1. Steve Cram 3:34.74 (1980) 2. Graham Williamson 3:36.6 (1979) 3. Tom Lancashire 3:38.92 (2005) * May 13 2006 Georgia Tech Invitational, Atlanta, 800 metres 1. Tom Lancashire 1:45.76 (P.B./Track Record). 2006 N.C.A.A. Championships, Sacramento, California, June 9, 1500 metres 2. Tom Lancashire 3:44.20 * 800 metres 2. Tim Bayley 1:46.64 (Iona) P.B.
On October 14 1970 Tim set a U.K. All-Time age 15/under 17 & Youth (under 18) 2000 metres record of 5:33.1 at Crystal Palace, London. The 38 year-old record is one of the oldest in British Athletics. Also broke 2 minutes for 800 metres (1:57.5) and 9 minutes for 3,000 metres (8:48.8), that season, both just outside UK records. Started 1972 season at Crystal Palace a week after 17th birthday, with a 31:26.0 10,000 metres (UK All-Time Youth (under 18) record 30:55). England Junior International reserve, world cross-country championships 1974 (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland competed as seperate teams prior to 1988). U.K. All-Commers mile record 3:45.96 Hicham El Guerrouj August 5 2000 Crystal Palace. Alan Webb makes British debut at Crystal Palace, July 30 2004, as world's fastest miler, 3:50.85, Eugene, Oregon. Runs P.R. 3:50.73.
In a British Milers Club race in Harlow, Essex, on September 20 1970 Tim ran a dream mile, setting a U.K. All-Time age 15 record of 4:17.8. This was two seconds faster than the world age record that Jim Ryun (U.S.A.) had set in 1962. The split time at 1500 metres was 3:59.8 making him one of the youngest ever sub four-minute 1500 runners. Ryun became the world's youngest ever sub four-minute miler at seventeen, and held the world mile record from 1967-1975 with 3:51.1. (world junior record 1967-1997). His High School mile record of 3:55.3 lasted for 36 years, until it was finally broken by Alan Webb in the Prefontaine Classic 2001, in an historic 3:53.43! June 8 2004 Alan Webb wins Ostrava Super Grand Prix 1500 in lifetime best and world-leading 3:32.74, passing Jim Ryun on U.S. All -Time List! * U.S. All -Time Record Bernard Lagat 3:29.30 (2005) * 7th Jim Ryun 3:33.1 (world record 1967 - 1974) * U.S. mile record 3:47.69 Steve Scott (1982) * Alan Webb breaks Bob Kennedy's American 2 miles record at 2005 Prefontaine Classic with 8:11.48. Webb goes 3rd on U.S. All-Time mile list with 3:48.92 in Dream Mile, Bislett Games, Oslo, Norway, July 29. Nick McCormick (G.B.) 3:52.02 (PB) .....April 30 2006, Palo Alto, California, Alan Webb runs fastest ever American debut at 10,000 metres, winning in 27:34.72! * July 22 2006 Heusden, Belgium. Mo Farah goes second on U.K. All-Time list with 13:09.40 5,000 metres, behind Dave Moorcroft's former world record 13:00.41 (1982). * 2007 Oslo Golden League, Dream Mile 3. Andy Baddeley 3:51.95 (PB)...Paris Golden League 1500 Metres 1. Alan Webb 3:30.54 (3rd U.S. All-Time)...Sheffield Grand Prix 1500 Metres 1. Andy Baddeley 3:34.74 (PB)... July 21 2007 Brasschaat, Belgium, Mile 1. Alan Webb 3:46.91 (U.S. Record) Breaking Steve Scott's 25 Year-Old American Record...Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, 800 Metres 1. Alan Webb 1:43.84 (PR)... 14 September 2007 Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme Memorial 5000 Metres 10. Mo Farrah 13:07.00 (2nd UK All-Time) * 6 June 2008 Oslo, Norway, Bislett Games 1500 Metres 1. Tom Lancashire 3:35.33 (PB)... Dream Mile 1. Andy Baddeley 3:49.38 (6th U.K. All-Time/World Leader). The First Time British Athletes Have Won Both The 1500 & Mile At Bislett. * July 13, 2008 Birmingham, England, Tom Lancashire Wins British Olympic Trials 1500 * 25 July 2008, London, England, Crystal Palace, Emsley Carr Mile 1. Shedrack Korir (KEN) 3:54.68 2. Andy Baddeley (GBR) 3:54.76 3. Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:55.20 Metres * 14 June 2009 Berlin Germany, IAAF Golden League 1500 Metres 7. Tom Lancashire 3:34.29 (PB)...28 July Monaco, Monte Carlo, IAAF Super Grand Prix 1500 Metres 10. Mo Farah 3:33.98 (PB)
Listed in Road Race Management's Inaugural "Guide to Prize Money Races and Elite Athletes." 1986
Gillette 100 Greatest British Sports Performances of the Century/1st Roger Bannister's sub four-minute mile, Oxford, England, May 6 1954. 50th anniversary May 6 2004. * WORLD'S FIRST SUB FOUR-MINUTE 1500 METRES 100th ANNIVERSARY, 30 MAY 1908 * British Olympic Trials, White City Stadium, London, England. Harold Wilson Runs The World's First Sub Four-Minute 1500 Metres In 3:59.8, Almost Half-A-Century Before Roger Bannister's Miracle Mile. He Was To Take Silver In The 1908 London Olympic Games 1500 Metres, Two Tenths Of A Second Behind Melvin Sheppard (USA) Who Set An Olympic Record Of 4:03.4. Britain, Home Of The Milers - Charles Bennett, Harold Wilson, Albert Hill, Sydney Wooderson, Roger Bannister, Derek Ibbotson, Steve Ovett, Seb Coe & Steve Cram.
Became a U.S. citizen September 11 1985. Dual British and American citizen. Freedom Tower, world's tallest building (1776 feet) to replace World Trade Towers.
At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Kelly Holmes became 800/1500 double Olympic champion, a feat that narrowly eluded Seb Coe (gold/silver - twice) and Steve Ovett (gold/bronze). Only the second British athlete ever to achieve the historic double, after Albert Hill at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, Kelly's gold in the 1500 metres came in a British record 3:57.90, making her one of Britain's greatest ever olympians.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it
And - which is more - You'll be a man my son!
IF / Rudyard Kipling
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