Steve Prefontaine, American International Long Runner

Steve Prefontaine, American International Long Runner

Steve Prefontaine was world renowned American International Runner who held the U.S. record in every long running distant event. He is widely known American completed 1972 Olympics. He held seven different records in 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. He was often known at media coverage due to his mustache and long locks of hair. This American athlete was born on 25 January 1951 in Coos Bay, Oregon. His father Raymond was a carpenter and welder after his name serving in the U.S army in Second World War, while his mother Elfriede was German who worked as seamstress in Coosbay. Raymond met with her during the war in Germany.

Early Education:

Steve Prefontaine was started his high school education from Marshfield High School in 1965 and remained the part of cross country team where he managed a 5:01 mile personal best in his first year. in his senior year , Steve obtained National record at the Corvallis Invitational.  Steve set a national high school record in the two-mile race and broke 19 national high school records in track. He was recruited by the 40 colleges across the country and several top track programs in United States, But Steve wanted to stay for college and attend the university of Oregon to train under coach Bill Bowerman. In 1972 he began his training for the upcoming Olympic Games in Munich. He was defeated only twice for the rest of his college career, both times in the mile. He also won four 5,000 meter titles in track three times in a row. Steve became a very aggressive front runner, insisting on going out hard and not relinquishing leads, reminiscent of the 1956 Olympic gold medalist Vladimir Kuts another famous front runner at 5,000 meters. He soon became a legend not only in his native Oregon, but nationwide, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 19.

Championship and Records:

He was narrowly missed a medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He was training for the 1976 Montreal Olympics when he died in a car accident. After narrowly missing a medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Steve returned to the University of Oregon to finish his collegiate career, undefeated. He then set his sights on the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Accidental Death:

Tragically, he was killed in a car crash on May 30, 1975 at age 24.He died in a car crash in 1975 at age 24. Even after his death, Steve Prefontaine remained an icon in the running world. During his short career, he ran 153 races and won 120 of them. He is at least partially responsible for inspiring the running boom during the 1970s, and several movies have been made documenting his life

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