Jim Grelle

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Jim Grelle
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Grelle in 1966
Personal information
Born(1936-09-30)September 30, 1936
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 2020(2020-06-13) (aged 83)
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)800–5000 m
ClubMultnomah Athletic Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 1:48.4 (1958)
1500 m – 3:38.9 (1964)
Mile – 3:55.4 (1965)
5000 m – 14:10.8 (1966) [1] [2]

James Edward Grelle (September 30, 1936 – June 13, 2020) was an American middle-distance runner. [3] He had his best achievements in the 1500 m event, finishing eighth at the 1960 Olympics, winning a gold and a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 1963 and 1959, respectively. [1]

Grelle's first success was winning back to back Oregon state titles in the 880 yard run in 1954 and 1955 for Lincoln High School in Portland. [4]

While running for the University of Oregon he won the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in 1959 after being a runner up the previous two years. [5] Leading up to the 1960 Olympics, he won the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. [6] He also added two Indoor Championships in 1965 and 1966. [7]

In 1962 at the Mt. SAC Relays Grelle became the 4th American sub-4 minute miler. [8] He won the Mile there three years in a row. In 1965 he briefly held the American record in the mile at 3:55.4. Nine days later, Jim Ryun improved upon the record. Ryun also relegated Grelle to a non-qualifying fourth place in the 1964 Olympic Trials. Previously in 1963 he held the American record in the 2 mile run at 8:25.2. [9]

Grelle was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, [9] to the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame in 1991, [10] and to the Oregon Ducks Hall of Fame in 1994. [5]

Grelle died on June 13, 2020 at the age of 83. [11]

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