Halfmiler2 wrote:We still have not answered the question of who has the oldest outdoor sub-4 time in the mile?
My first guess was Walker and one website says he did a 3:52.48 at age 35 but another says Marcus O'Sullivan did a 3:52.04 also at age 35. And an American website says Steve Scott did a 3:54.13 at age 35? So does anyone know if any of these gentlemen (or anyone else) ran a sub-4 at ages 36 through 39?
See this entry from Ken Stone's blog --
-- which includes links to and some comments on Pete Mundle's "Masters Age Records" booklet. I think I am representing Ken Stone's comments accurately if I state that (a) he has great respect for the work Mundle has done over the decades to compile these stats, and (b) he is critical of the errors in the latest edition of the booklet, which came out in 2006, and which you can download from a link in the blog entry I've included here.
Again, if I am accurately reading Ken Stone's critique of the 2006 booklet, the errors are more common in the older ages. Thus, it may be the case that the younger age records are more reliable.
With all that in mind, as listed in Pete Mundle's booklet, here is the oldest sub-4:00 mile (aside from Coghlan) and oldest 1500m that converts to a sub-4:00 mile:
John Walker 3:55.19, August 12, 1990 (age 38 )
Mike Boit 3:37.01 (=3:54.37) July 22, 1987 (age 38 )