Actually, the whole meet!! But that Gerry Lindgren-Billy Mills 6M was the best!!
Here you had a kid who'd emerged in 1964..... running a 2M against Jim Ryun, winning in 9:00. (Ryun fell, ran 9:23!) Then he ran a HS record, 8:46 (which I saw in person!!), then the still-standing 8:40.0!! Outdoors, he ran a 13:44.0 5K at Compton (also attended!!), followed by the 29:17.6 10K against the USSR (Yep, saw that too!). Mills?? A 27:54 6M in Aug '64 at Pierce Col. vs Ron Larrieu!! ( I RAN in that race!!!! 37:11.3, my then-PR, and was lapped 6 times!!! But each time they passed, I sped up to run with them!!!)
Then Mills....um....won the Olympics!!!!
So by June '65, we had a 19 year old frosh at WSU and the 1964 Oly 10K Champ!! You couldn't pick a favorite......because they BOTH were so likeable!!!! And what a race!!!! Neck and neck all the way!! Mills led, but Gerry tried time and time again to take the lead, only to have Billy hold him off.....barely!! Mills said he thought Gerry was tiring.....because he was wheezing so much!!! Finally, still together with 1 lap to go, they sprinted!! Both ran around 57.9 for that last lap!! Remember, this was June 1965..... BEFORE Ron Clarke went from 28:14 down to 27:39 in the 10K!! So Mills and Lindgren set a WORLD RECORD!!
Also saw HS'er Jim Ryun beat the UNBEATABLE Peter Snell, with his 3:55.3!! (Snell ran 3:55.4!!!) Then there was Murray Halberg's 3 mile in 13:10!!! What a meet!!
Great victory to Ryun, but Snell was scarcely unbeatable in 1965. He lost a number of races, some pretty badly. I was on hand in Toronto to see Crothers outrun him in a 800/880. By the time he faced Ryun in the mile, he was in (pretty) good form.
I think in his autobiography Snell made a comment to the effect that, in 1965, he raced himself out of shape. It's not exactly right, but Snell's 1965 is roughly comparable to Ryun's 1972: flashes of brilliance, but they weren't the runners they'd been in previous years.
as I recall the Snell biography, he revealed that he never trained after Tokyo. The only "training" he did in '65 was residual shape from a late-'64 peak and using races as his training.
I remember the race in Vancouver in May/June of '65 in which he lost to not one but two high schoolers (name the first!) (and neither was Ryun, despite popular lore). Saw it on live TV in B.C., and he was marvelous post-race, taking the mike and apologizing to the crowd for putting on such a pitiful display.