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Glenn Cunningham: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Glenn Cunningham: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: huckfinn22
1938 Glenn Cunningham mile runner newsreel archival footage
1938 Glenn Cunningham mile runner newsreel archival footage
Published: 2013/05/28
Channel: PublicDomainFootage
Cunningham Wins Again (1935)
Cunningham Wins Again (1935)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Instead of Giving Up, Remember the Exodus
Instead of Giving Up, Remember the Exodus
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: AishVideo
Inspiration: Glenn Cunningham (athlete)
Inspiration: Glenn Cunningham (athlete)
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Rucha Nimbalkar
Glenn Cunningham wins the 1500 meter Kansas Relay in Lawrence, Kansas. HD Stock Footage
Glenn Cunningham wins the 1500 meter Kansas Relay in Lawrence, Kansas. HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: CriticalPast
Eric Liddell, the athlete who chose his religious beliefs over competing in an Olympic race
Eric Liddell, the athlete who chose his religious beliefs over competing in an Olympic race
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: lamorcorp
Glenn Cunningham sets a new record for indoors during Knights of Columbus games a...HD Stock Footage
Glenn Cunningham sets a new record for indoors during Knights of Columbus games a...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/20
Channel: CriticalPast
GLENN CUNNINGHAM  El Atleta que no podía caminar y llegó a ser el más veloz del mundo
GLENN CUNNINGHAM El Atleta que no podía caminar y llegó a ser el más veloz del mundo
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: PATERCITO
Glenn Younes: Where does Michael Phelps fit in with Greatest Athletes of all Time?
Glenn Younes: Where does Michael Phelps fit in with Greatest Athletes of all Time?
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: Glenn Younes PressBox
Glenn V. Cunningham defeats Archie San Romani during a race in Princeton, New Jer...HD Stock Footage
Glenn V. Cunningham defeats Archie San Romani during a race in Princeton, New Jer...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: CriticalPast
Glenn Cunningham Beaten Aka Indoor Athletics Meeting In The U.S. (1939)
Glenn Cunningham Beaten Aka Indoor Athletics Meeting In The U.S. (1939)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Glenn Cunningham Video
Glenn Cunningham Video
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: Melisa Castillo
atleta glenn cunningham
atleta glenn cunningham
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: hugo cuello
Elkhart Express: The Glenn Cunningham Story
Elkhart Express: The Glenn Cunningham Story
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Dylan Kwok
The Princeton Mile featuring Glenn Cunningham
The Princeton Mile featuring Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Running Maniac
Glenn Cunningham, the child who was told would never walk again
Glenn Cunningham, the child who was told would never walk again
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: lamorcorp
Inspirational Story of the day - Glenn Cunningham
Inspirational Story of the day - Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Douglas Edwards
Track & Field: Cunningham Sets Mile Record 250001-07 | Footage Farm
Track & Field: Cunningham Sets Mile Record 250001-07 | Footage Farm
Published: 2013/03/19
Channel: footagefarm
Athletes participate in sprints and jumping events, Glenn Cunningham wins Wanamak...HD Stock Footage
Athletes participate in sprints and jumping events, Glenn Cunningham wins Wanamak...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: CriticalPast
Must Watch Story Of Courage And Inspiration Glenn Cunningham
Must Watch Story Of Courage And Inspiration Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/11/10
Channel: siddology
Charles
Charles 'Chuck' Fenske and Glenn Cunningham participate in an indoor mile champi...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: CriticalPast
KU Traditions: Kansas Relays become annual event with help of Phog Allen
KU Traditions: Kansas Relays become annual event with help of Phog Allen
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: The University of Kansas
Glenn Cunningham part 2 tz
Glenn Cunningham part 2 tz
Published: 2017/11/24
Channel: Zeezee Hussein
Glenn Cunningham - creo en mí
Glenn Cunningham - creo en mí
Published: 2012/05/11
Channel: DEYSI ELMA
Nothing Can Stop You! (Inspirational stories 29)
Nothing Can Stop You! (Inspirational stories 29)
Published: 2017/07/31
Channel: Raja Sharma
1936, 1500m, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin
1936, 1500m, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: urbsintacta
Elena Mukhina: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Elena Mukhina: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: huckfinn22
A Disputed Mile (1936)
A Disputed Mile (1936)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Commentary Of 1500 Metre Run Between Jack Lovelock & Glenn Cunningham At The 1936 Berlin...
Commentary Of 1500 Metre Run Between Jack Lovelock & Glenn Cunningham At The 1936 Berlin...
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
The Human Cyclone  (1935)
The Human Cyclone (1935)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Alona Glenn running 400 meter
Alona Glenn running 400 meter
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: A PerfectRoyalty
Cunningham defeats Venzke in a mile run at Millrose Games in New York HD Stock Footage
Cunningham defeats Venzke in a mile run at Millrose Games in New York HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: CriticalPast
Glenn Cunningham - Bir Azmin Başarısı
Glenn Cunningham - Bir Azmin Başarısı
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Taylan Akademi
Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham's story.
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: One step forward to success
Motivation Corner Episode 1 - A story of determination: Glenn Cunningham
Motivation Corner Episode 1 - A story of determination: Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Srilcsa
UNC Athletics: Fall Wrap Up With Bubba Cunningham
UNC Athletics: Fall Wrap Up With Bubba Cunningham
Published: 2014/12/29
Channel: UNCTarHeelsAthletics
Venzke Beats Cunningham (1936)
Venzke Beats Cunningham (1936)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Lily-GlennCunningham
Lily-GlennCunningham
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: techUSD444
JCS Remembering Glenn D Cunningham
JCS Remembering Glenn D Cunningham
Published: 2014/06/04
Channel: Hudson Media Group
Cunningham Story
Cunningham Story
Published: 2009/10/19
Channel: DonCunningham1
Glenn Cunningham - Simple Works
Glenn Cunningham - Simple Works
Published: 2010/11/25
Channel: Spot2talent
The Iron Man of Kansas - Trailer
The Iron Man of Kansas - Trailer
Published: 2011/02/05
Channel: saltriverproductions
!!UNA HISTORIA IMPACTANTE!!
!!UNA HISTORIA IMPACTANTE!!
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: VeRdAdEs TaNgIbLeS
Glenn Cunningham : Stories of courage and Inspiration.
Glenn Cunningham : Stories of courage and Inspiration.
Published: 2017/09/30
Channel: The WOW Factor
Glenn Cunningham Story from Joe Bonura Throw the Rabbit Job Search Book
Glenn Cunningham Story from Joe Bonura Throw the Rabbit Job Search Book
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: ThrowTheRabbit
Životna priča #1 - Glenn Cunningham
Životna priča #1 - Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Obarak City Films
GLENN CUNNINGHAM sings PYT
GLENN CUNNINGHAM sings PYT
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: AISA ENTERTAINMENT
From wheelchair to the world
From wheelchair to the world's fastest man success story of Glenn Cunningham #motivation, success
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: The Great Inspiration
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Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham 1933.jpg
Cunningham in 1933
Personal information
Full name Glenn Vernice Cunningham
Nationality American
Born (1909-08-04)August 4, 1909
Atlanta, Kansas, U.S.[1]
Died March 10, 1988(1988-03-10) (aged 78)
Menifee, Arkansas, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport
Country United States United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m, 1500 m, mile
Team University of Kansas
Retired 1940
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 1st
Personal best(s) 800 m – 1:49.7 (1936)
1500 m – 3:48.2 (1940)
Mile – 4:04.4 (1938)[2]

Glenn Vernice Cunningham (August 4, 1909 – March 10, 1988) was an American middle-distance runner, who was considered as the greatest American miler of all time. He received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 1933.

Early life[edit]

Cunningham was born in Atlanta, Kansas, but grew up in Elkhart, Kansas. His legs were very badly burned in an explosion caused when someone accidentally put gasoline instead of kerosene in the can at his schoolhouse when he was eight and his brother Floyd was thirteen. Floyd died in the fire. When the doctors recommended amputating Glenn's legs, he was so distressed his parents would not allow it. The doctors predicted he might never walk normally again. He had lost all the flesh on his knees and shins and all the toes on his left foot. Also, his transverse arch was practically destroyed. However, his great determination, coupled with hours upon hours of a new type of therapy, enabled him to gradually regain the ability to walk and to proceed to run.[3][4] It was in the early summer of 1919 when he first tried to walk again, roughly two years after the accident. He had a positive attitude as well as a strong religious faith. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31: "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Accomplishments[edit]

Cunningham competed in the 1500 m event at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics and finished fourth and second, respectively.[1] While on the ship, traveling from the U.S. to Germany in 1936, he was voted "Most Popular Athlete" by his fellow Olympians.

Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his achievements in middle-distance running. In 1934, he set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8, which stood for three years. He also set world records in the 800 m in 1936 and in the indoor mile in 1938.[2][5]

Cunningham's unachieved goal was a four-minute mile. Many people tried that before and failed. Several theorists proclaimed it was impossible physiologically for humans. Some athletes tried running steady and fast-paced the whole time. Others tried to go steady for the first half then give it all they had. Glenn worried about the strength of his legs burned in his youth, so he started slow – running in the pack. He would be fresher in the second half – and would almost be sprinting the last 100 yards to the finish.

Cunningham has a park named after him in his hometown of Elkhart, Kansas.[6] The mile run at the Kansas Relays is named in his honor. In 1974 he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5][7]

Retirement[edit]

Cunningham earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa and a PhD from New York University. After retiring from competitions in 1940 he served as director of physical education at Cornell College in Iowa for four years. Later he opened the Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch in Kansas, where he and his wife helped 10,000 needy and abused children.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Glenn Cunningham. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Glenn Cunningham. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ Mark D. Hersey. Cunningham Calls It A Career. Department of History. University of Kansas
  4. ^ Interview with Glenn Cunningham. MyBestYears.com
  5. ^ a b c Glenn Cunningham. USA Track and Field Hall of Fame
  6. ^ "City of Elkhart Ks". Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Glenn Cunningham. USA Track and Field Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
United Kingdom Tommy Hampson
United States Ben Eastman
Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
August 8, 1936 – July 11, 1937
Succeeded by
United States Elroy Robinson
Preceded by
New Zealand Jack Lovelock
Men's Mile World Record Holder
June 16, 1934 – August 28, 1937
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Sydney Wooderson

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