In Kansas, a eight year old school boy and his elder brother had the job of coming to school early each day, pour kerosene to start the fire in a old coal stove, and warm the room before the teacher and classmates arrived. Disaster struck one day, when someone had mistakenly filled the kerosene with gasoline. The teacher and students arrived to find the entire school engulfed in flames.The fire had inflicted irreversible damage to the lower part of boy’s body while his brother died in the incident. The doctors told his mother that the boy will be a cripple his whole life. However, they decided not to amputate the legs.
He thought ” they told me I will not walk and I walked”….they told me “I will not run and I ran”…..one day I will run faster than any man has ever run before!!
Was he successful and did this boy from Kansa ever realize his dreams?
Well, in 1934, he set the world record for the mile at 4:06:8, which stood for 3 years!!
In 1936, he set the world record in the 800m and won the silver medal in 1936 Berlin Olympics.
In 1938, he set the world record in the indoor mile run of 4:04.4, 16 years before Roger Bannister ran the first four minute mile at Oxford in 1954.
He was honored as the outstanding athlete of the century at the Madison Square Garden.
Identify this great sportsman, nicknamed “the Kansas Flyer” or “the iron horse of Kansas” whose story continues to enrich and motivate people….an inspiration for going beyond the known limits!!
Answer:The correct answer indeed is Glenn Cunningham
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