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1938 Glenn Cunningham mile runner newsreel archival footage
1938 Glenn Cunningham mile runner newsreel archival footage
Published: 2013/05/28
Channel: PublicDomainFootage
Glenn Cunningham: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Glenn Cunningham: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: huckfinn22
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
Inspiration: Glenn Cunningham (athlete)
Inspiration: Glenn Cunningham (athlete)
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Rucha Nimbalkar
A Disputed Mile (1936)
A Disputed Mile (1936)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
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 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
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
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
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
Životna priča #1 - Glenn Cunningham
Životna priča #1 - Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Obarak City Films
Cunningham Wins Again (1935)
Cunningham Wins Again (1935)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
1936, 1500m, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin
1936, 1500m, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: urbsintacta
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
The Human Cyclone  (1935)
The Human Cyclone (1935)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Glenn Cunningham - creo en mí
Glenn Cunningham - creo en mí
Published: 2012/05/11
Channel: DEYSI ELMA
The Iron Man of Kansas - Trailer
The Iron Man of Kansas - Trailer
Published: 2011/02/05
Channel: saltriverproductions
Venzke Beats Cunningham (1936)
Venzke Beats Cunningham (1936)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
New York Indoor Athletics (1939)
New York Indoor Athletics (1939)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
IMPACTANTE Historia de Superación De Glenn Cunningham - Reflexión
IMPACTANTE Historia de Superación De Glenn Cunningham - Reflexión
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: Mario Martinez Tv
Glenn Cunningham - Bir Azmin Başarısı
Glenn Cunningham - Bir Azmin Başarısı
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Taylan Akademi
Power of Determination and Hard-work | Short Story (Bangla) | Glenn Cunningham | Salekin
Power of Determination and Hard-work | Short Story (Bangla) | Glenn Cunningham | Salekin
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: Shaik salekin
Charles
Charles 'Chuck' Fenske and Glenn Cunningham participate in an indoor mile champi...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: CriticalPast
Glenn Cunningham - Simple Works
Glenn Cunningham - Simple Works
Published: 2010/11/25
Channel: Spot2talent
Celebrity Deaths in 2016: Some of the Many Famous Figures We Lost This Year w/ Clips ✓
Celebrity Deaths in 2016: Some of the Many Famous Figures We Lost This Year w/ Clips ✓
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Edco0328
GLENN CUNNINGHAM sings PYT
GLENN CUNNINGHAM sings PYT
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: Glenn Cunningham
Instead of Giving Up, Remember the Exodus
Instead of Giving Up, Remember the Exodus
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: AishVideo
Weigh Loss Motivational Video - Never give up
Weigh Loss Motivational Video - Never give up
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Truweight
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
Star players of two Roanoke sandlot football teams receive awards
Star players of two Roanoke sandlot football teams receive awards
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: nutty.archives
Lily-GlennCunningham
Lily-GlennCunningham
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: techUSD444
NJN News -- 09/23/03 -- HCDO snubs Glenn Cunningham and appoints Harvey Smith to NJ State Senate
NJN News -- 09/23/03 -- HCDO snubs Glenn Cunningham and appoints Harvey Smith to NJ State Senate
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Anthony Olszewski
Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: AISA ENTERTAINMENT
Louis Zamperini   The Torrance Tornado
Louis Zamperini The Torrance Tornado
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Tim O'Keefe
July 29, 2016 - Kevin Glenn 6 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
July 29, 2016 - Kevin Glenn 6 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: cflfootballfan
GLENN CUNNINGHAM-"HURRY ON HOME"
GLENN CUNNINGHAM-"HURRY ON HOME"
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: Glenn Cunningham
Runner Chuck Fenske Repeats His Recent Triumph, 1940 HD Historic Stock Footage
Runner Chuck Fenske Repeats His Recent Triumph, 1940 HD Historic Stock Footage
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Buyout Footage Historic Film Archive
Indoor Track Meet At Boston Lner (1938)
Indoor Track Meet At Boston Lner (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
JCS Remembering Glenn D Cunningham
JCS Remembering Glenn D Cunningham
Published: 2014/06/04
Channel: TheHudsonMediaGroup
Record Indoor Mile On New York Track Lner (1938)
Record Indoor Mile On New York Track Lner (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Elena Mukhina: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Elena Mukhina: Profiles in Olympic Courage
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: huckfinn22
November 1, 2015 - Kevin Glenn 4 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
November 1, 2015 - Kevin Glenn 4 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: cflfootballfan
White City Aka Athletics 1938 (1938)
White City Aka Athletics 1938 (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Sport
Sport
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
August 4, 2016 - Kevin Glenn 15 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
August 4, 2016 - Kevin Glenn 15 yard touchdown pass to BJ Cunningham
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: cflfootballfan
1967 Various News items 221789-02 | Footage Farm
1967 Various News items 221789-02 | Footage Farm
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: footagefarm
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
UNC Athletics: Fall Wrap Up With Bubba Cunningham
UNC Athletics: Fall Wrap Up With Bubba Cunningham
Published: 2014/12/29
Channel: UNCTarHeelsAthletics
OBM - Track Athlete - Archie San Romani
OBM - Track Athlete - Archie San Romani
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Our Best Moments
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Glenn Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham competing for KU circa 1933.jpg
Glenn Cunningham competing for KU circa 1933
Personal information
Full name Glenn Verniss Cunningham
Nationality American
Born (1909-08-04)August 4, 1909
Atlanta, Kansas
Died March 10, 1988(1988-03-10) (aged 78)
Menifee, Arkansas
Height 5'10
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport
Country United States United States
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) 800m, 1500m, 1 mile
Team University of Kansas
Retired 1940
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 1st

Glenn Verniss Cunningham (August 4, 1909 – March 10, 1988) was an American distance runner and athlete considered by many 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.

He was born in Atlanta, Kansas, but grew up in Elkhart, Kansas, to Henry Clinton Cunningham (September 20, 1877 – July 27, 1956) and Rosa Agnes Cunningham (née Moore; December 5, 1882 – March 1, 1961). Cunningham was nicknamed the "Kansas Flyer", the "Elkhart Express" and the "Iron Horse of Kansas".

Terrible accident[edit]

Cunningham's 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. 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]

He competed in both the 1932 Summer Olympics as well as the 1936 Summer Olympics. While on the ship traveling from the U.S. to Germany, he was voted "Most Popular Athlete" by his fellow Olympians.

Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his various running achievements in middle distance.

In the 1932 Olympics he took 4th place in the 1500 m, and in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he took silver in the 1500 meters.

In 1934, he set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8, which stood for three years.

In 1936, he set the world record in the 800 m run.

In 1938, he set a world record in the indoor mile run of 4:04.4. He retired from competition in 1940. (Roger Bannister was the first to break the four-minute mile, in 1954.)

Cunningham's goal—unachieved—was a four-minute mile. Many people tried that before and failed. Several theorists proclaimed it was impossible physiologically for humans. Runners 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.[1] The mile run at the Kansas Relays is named in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Elkhart Ks". Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  • American Miler, Paul J. Kiell, M.D., p. 105

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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