Progression Of The Fastest 1200m Time
En Route to 1500 or Mile

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Compiled by Alan Sigmon

1200m Time, Name, Venue, Date, Final Time of Race (Finishing Position if not 1st) 
(actual time if for 3/4 mile)
3:12.9* ............. William Lang (GB) Manchester 19 Aug 65 4:17 1/4 (3:14 y)
3:12.9* .................. Walter George (GB) London 16 Aug 80 4:23.2 (3:14 y)
3:07.7* .................. George Stamford Bridge 3 Jun 82 4:19.4 (3:08 3/4 y)
3:06.4* .......................... George London 31 Aug 85 4:20.2 (3:07 1/2 y)
3:07.5e ....................... John Zander (Swe) Stockholm 5 Aug 17 3:54.7 WR
3:05.6* ......... Paavo Nurmi (Fin) Stockholm 23 Aug 23 4:10.4 y WR (3:06.7 y)
3:04.6e ....................................... Nurmi Colombes 10 Jul 24 3:53.6
3:05.6 ..................................... Nurmi Berlin 11 Sep 26 3:52.4 (3)
3:05.0 ....................... Jules Ladoumègue (Fra) Paris 5 Oct 30 3:49.2 WR
3:05.0 ..................................... Ladoumègue Paris 21 Oct 33 3:50.4
3:04.0* ............. Don Lash (USA) Princeton 19 Jun 37 4:07.2 (2) (3:05.0 y)
3:04.0 ........................... Miklós Szabó (Hun) Budapest 3 Oct 37 3:48.6
3:03.2* .. Glenn Cunningham (USA) Hanover, NH 3 Mar 38 4:04.4i y WB (3:04.2 y)
3:03.0* ............ Charles Fenske (USA) New York 3 Feb 40 4:07.4i y (3:04 y)
3:03.5 ....................... Gunder Hägg (Swe) Stockholm 10 Aug 41 3:47.5 WR
3:02.5* ..... Arne Andersson (Swe) Stockholm 10 Jul 42 4:06.2 y =WR (3:03.5 y)
2:58.9 ....................... Gunder Hägg (Swe) Stockholm 17 Jul 42 3:45.8 WR
2:58.0 ...................................... Hägg Göteborg 7 Jul 44 3:43.0 WR
2:58.0 ...................... Gaston Reiff (Bel) Göteborg 26 Aug 51 3:49.0 (3)
2:58.0* ..... Wes Santee (USA) Compton 4 Jun 54 4:00.6 (3:42.8+ WR) (2:59.0 y)
2:56.0* .............. John Landy (Aus) Turku 21 Jun 54 3:57.9 y (3:41.8 + WR)
2:53.4 .......... Stanislav Jungwirth (Cze) Stará Boleslav 12 Jul 57 3:38.1 WR
2:53.4 ..................... Kichoge Keino (Ken) Mexico City 20 Oct 68 3:34.91
2:52.5 ........................... Jean Wadoux (Fra) Colombes 23 Jul 70 3:34.0
2:52.5 ............................ Filbert Bayi (Tan) Aarhus 24 Jul 73 3:35.6
2:52.2 ........................................ Bayi Helsinki 28 Jul 73 3:34.6
2:52.0* ............... Bayi Stockholm 2 Jul 73 3:52.86 y (2) Jipcho 3:52.17 y
2:50.3 ................................. Bayi Christchurch 2 Feb 74 3:32.16 WR
2:49.5 ....................... Sebastian Coe (GBR) Zürich 15 Aug 79 3:32.03 WR
2:48.3 ........................................ Coe Stockholm 7 Jul 81 3:31.95
2:47.3 .................... Noureddine Morceli (Alg) Rieti 6 Sep 92 3:28.86 WR
2:47.1 ..................................... Morceli Nice 12 Jul 95 3:27.73 WR
2:46.34 ................... Hicham El Guerrouj (Mor) Rome 14 Jul 98 3:26.00 WR
2:46.22 ................................. El Guerrouj Zürich 11 Aug 00 3:27.21
2:46.10 .............................. El Guerrouj Bruxelles 24 Aug 01 3:26.12
2:45.78 ................................. El Guerrouj Zürich 16 Aug 02 3:26.79
2:44.75 .................................... El Guerouj Rieti 8 Sep 02 3:26.96
‘ converted from  3/4 mile time
* en route in mile
e estimated