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Cunningham overcame odds

Updated: March 4, 2002, 10:37 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

March 10, 1988

Glenn Cunningham, the greatest American miler of the thirties who learned to run after doctors said he might never walk again, dies at his farm in Menifee, Ark. He was 78.

In 1933, Cunningham, a master of the middle distances, was voted the Sullivan Award as the best amateur athlete in the country. The "Kansas Flyer" set a world record for the mile of 4:06.7 in 1934 in Princeton, N.J. Two years later, he won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters in the Berlin Olympics.

He ...

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