Jim Bailey


Updated: 2021-09-06

New South Wales


James John Bailey was the first athlete to run a sub-4 minute mile on U.S. soil on 6 May 1956 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as part of a star-studded promotional race ahead of the Melbourne Olympic Games. The race had been staged for John Landy to attempt the feat, and he did did also finish under four minutes but was second to Bailey's six-second personal best of 3:58.6.

Track ChampionshipsRoad ChampionshipsOff-Road Championships
1950-51 Australian 880 Yards
1953-54 Australian 880 Yards
International CompetitionOlympic GamesCommonwealth Games
1956 Melbourne1954 Vancouver
World RecordsAustralian RecordsState Records
* Records set en-route to longer distance.
^ Overseas performances not recognised as records before 1969.
# Best on record for Non-Record Events.


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