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Coe again takes mile record

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.

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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.

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