Sebastian Coe has regained the world mile record with a time of 3 minutes, 48 .53 seconds, showing almost three-tenths of a second off the old mark held by fellow Briton Steve Ovett.
Coe outran a star-studded field including Kenya's Mike Boit and American Steve Scott Wednesday night at the Zurich Invitational Track and Field Meet.
Earlier in the evening, Renaldo Nehemiah of the United States became the first man ever to run the 110-meter hurdles in less than 13 seconds, turning in a 12.93 clocking to break his own previous world mark of 13-flat.
Since World War II the mile record has twice stood for nearly a decade (Gunder Haegg held it from 1945 until Rober Bannister's historic 3:59.4 in 1954, while Jim Ryun's 3:51.1 was on the books from 1967 until 1975), but the pace has quickened in recent years. Filbert Bayi of Tanzania broke Ryun's record with a 3:51 clocking; John Walker of New Zealand lowered it again that same year to 3: 49.4; Coe made it 3:49 in 1979; Ovett dropped it to 3:48.8 in 1980; and now Coe has regained it with his latest effort.