Legendary Runner Charged with Murder

Tim Danielson ran 3:59.4 in 1966; now he's in jail.


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Only five high schoolers in American history have run under four minutes in the mile, and the second to do it, Tim Danielson, is now in jail for allegedly killing his wife and then trying to kill himself. According to San Diego-area news reports, Danielson, 63, was taken to the hospital early Monday with severe carbon monoxide poisoning. Emergency personnel found Danielson’s ex wife dead from a gunshot wound and a generator running in the couple’s bedroom. Authorities arrived after Danielson’s sister-in-law received what would have been a suicide note claiming responsibility for the killing. Since Danielson ran sub-4, only three American high schoolers have dipped under the barrier. The most recent prep sub-4 came Saturday in New York, when 18-year-old Lukas Verzbicas ran 3:59.71.

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