Michel Jazy, the present world mile record holder, offers his sincere appraisal of Ryun
If Jim Ryun breaks my mile record I may try to win it back. But for the moment at least I am concentrating on the 1,500 meters, Herb Elliott's record. That's the one I want. I am currently training very hard, but I have no plans to run a mile. I wasn't surprised to read that Jim Ryun had come within a tenth of a second of my time. I thought, in fact, that he would beat it. Track records are set to be broken, aren't they? One day sooner or later all records fall. Especially in a period like ours, extraordinary things can be expected on the track.
I would like very much to run against Jim Ryun. The question is, of course, where and when. I will be participating in Budapest in September in the European championships. But perhaps Ryun will come to Europe this summer with the American track team. Maybe then a race could be arranged.
I first saw Ryun in the Olympics. I mean in training. I saw him a second time in the Soviet Union on television in the U.S.- U.S.S.R. games. I can't say that I was particularly impressed on those two occasions, but since then, reading about Ryun in the press, I have realized that he is extremely talented. He can certainly do better than he did in Compton. Will he take the mile record away from me? He certainly should. I hope he does do it. I say that sincerely.