|Liquori was ranked #1 in the World over 1 Mile and 5000 meters -- the last American to accomplish either|
On July 17, 1975 Marty Liquori broke Steve Prefontaine's national record in the 2-mile run by crossing the line in 8:17.12 to win in Stockholm, Sweden. Prefontaine had set his second national record (8:18.29) over two miles almost exactly one year earlier, but Liquori bested a strong field -- including both New Zealand's (Dixon) and Sweden's (Garderud) reigning 2-mile record holders and the reigning Olympic 1500 meter gold medalist (Walker) -- to claim the US record. Liquori's run on this day bested his previous PR over two miles -- 8:25.27 set one year earlier on the same track -- by over 8 seconds. Liquori's new national record would last 19 years, until being broken by Marc Davis (8:12.74) on August 24, 1994.
2 Mile Run Stockholm, Sweden July 17, 1975 1. Marty Liquori USA 8:17.12 NR 2. John Walker NZL 8:20.57 3. Anders Garderud SWE 8:20.94 4. Rod Dixon NZL 8:26.40