Rankin Breaks Another School Record in Europe

Aug. 18, 2005

Recent graduate Jon Rankin broke another school record on Wednesday, this time breaking the 30-year old mile record at a meet in Malmo, Sweden. Rankin finished third in the mile race, running 3:55.63, eclipsing his old personal best time of 3:57.89 by nearly two seconds.

Rankin's old best was achieved at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite in March, where he became the 268th man in U.S. history to break the four-minute mile barrier. His new best of 3:57.89 broke the 30-year old record of 3:56.4, set by Bob Day in 1965.

A few weeks ago, Rankin achieved the world 'A' standard in the 1500m at the DN Galen Meet, and again, broke the UCLA school record in a new time of 3:35.26.

Rankin, now running for Nike, is currently in Sweden training with fellow Bruin Erik Emilsson where he will train and race until September 6.

Current Bruin Martell Munguia, competing for Mexico at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, has qualified for the semifinals in the 800m. On Wednesday, Munguia finished second in his heat (1:51.07, 10th overall) and will run on Friday in the semifinals.

Results can be found on the World University Games Website

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