Jim Ryun grew up in Wichita, Kansas, achieving national acclaim as a High School track and field star. Jim set the male High School Mile Record at 3:55.3 in 1963. He also participated in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in the 1500 meter run in 1968 and held the World Record in the mile, 1500 meters, and 880 yards. From 1996 to 2007, he served as a Member of Congress from the Second Congressional District of Kansas. In 2007, he was voted as the ESPN Best High School Athlete Ever (ahead of Tiger Woods and Lew Alcindor).
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