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Jack Lovelock breaks mile record


A cutting from the New York Sun newspaper, showing Jack Lovelock just after he had broken the world mile record at Princeton University on 15 July 1933, with a time of 4 minutes 7.6 seconds. One of Lovelock’s albums is filled with cuttings related to this performance.

The cartoon describes Lovelock as the ‘modern Mercury’ and lists his time and those of the next five fastest milers. At the bottom it also claims that Lovelock held the world ¾-mile record of 3 minutes 2.2 seconds. In fact, a faster time by Jules Ladoumegue had been previously ratified.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MSX-2247-058
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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