On This Day in History | 1965

Lingle Missouri
Lingle breaks the tape at the USTFF Championships (PC: AP wirephoto)

On this day 54 years ago, Robin Lingle ’60 set the U.S. Track and Field Federation record in the 1,000 yard run at the USTFF Indoor Championships in Milwaukee. In his third straight year winning the event, Lingle scorched the track in 2:07.3 to take the title, nearly besting the american record. Here is the recap of the race from the Associated Press.


Lingle Just Misses Snell ‘1000’ Mark

MILWAUKEE–NCAA Champion Robin Lingle of Missouri turned in the fastest 1,000 of the winter board circuit with a blistering 2:07.3 effort Monday night in the 14th Annual Journal Games, designated as the U.S. Track and Field Federation Indoor Championships.

The slender Lingle, romping on one of his favorite tracks, captured the meet and USTFF title for the third straight time while pulling away to a 20-yard victory over Dennis Carr of Southern California.

Wisconsin’s Barney Peterson set a blistering pace for two laps before Lingle moved in front to stay. Then the Missouri flash gradually pulled away to win in easy fashion. Petersen wilted under the pace he initially set and finished third.

Lingle took aim on the U.S. indoor record of 2:06 set by Olympic gold medal winner Peter Snell of New Zealand, but wasn’t pushed hard enough. Lingle settled for a meet and USTFF record and the Seaton’s top 1,000 performance.


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