Martin Luther King 1971 International FREEDOM GAMES Track Meet Franklin Field PA

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  • Sold Date: Jun 11, 2016
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1971 International Freedom Games Official Program
1971 Martin Luther King 3rd Annual International Freedom Games
Pre owned, pages have pencil writing noting finishers and times for races, official 1971 International Freedom Games program. This was the first year that the track meet was held at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Notable race was the Dream Mile between track star Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori of Villanova.
The first event called a "Dream Mile" was a match race between Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori on May 16, 1971. The event took place at the Martin Luther King International Freedom Games at Franklin Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Bob Hersh of Track and Field News wrote, "The build-up was probably the greatest for any single footrace since the historic "Miracle Mile" at Vancouver British Columbia in 1954." Ryun, who was known for his kick, was the favorite. He had also run much faster thanVillanova University's Liquori (3:51.1 to 3:57.2). The race went out slow, with both going 440 yards in the middle of the pack - slower than 61-seconds. Ryun took over at halfway (2:03.3). After the next turn, Liquori moved decisively. He passed the world record holder and led him through a lap in 56.7. In the last lap, Liquori would not surrender the lead. At the finish,
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