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Steve Scott

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Inducted: 2002, athlete

Born: May 5, 1956 - Upland, California

1,500 m - 3:31.76
1 mi. - 3:47.69
2,000 m - 4:54.71
3,000 m - 7:36.69
5,000 m - 13:30.39

The model of consistently as a middle-distance runner, Steve Scott ran 136 sub-4-minute miles in his career, more than any other athlete in the world. While at the University of California at Irvine, Scott broke 4 minutes for the first time in the mile and achieved the first of his eight consecutive rankings as the top miler in the U.S. Overall, Track & Field News ranked Scott #1 in the U.S. on 10 occasions and 11 times placed him in the top-10 milers worldwide. The NCAA 1500m champion as a senior at California-Irvine, Scott also won the U.S. men's 1500m title six times and the U.S. indoor mile crown four times. He won the 1980 Olympic Trials, but the U.S. boycott of the Games kept Scott from competing in Moscow. He competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, finishing 10th and fifth, respectively. Scott was the silver medalist in the 1500 meters at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in 1983. He set three U.S. records, running the outdoor mile in 3:47.69 in 1982; and the still-standing records in the indoor mile in 3:51.8 in 1981 and the indoor 2000 meters in 4:58.6, also in 1981.

Records Held
American Record: 1 mi. - 3:51.80
American Record: 1 mi. - 3:47.69 (July 7, 1982 - July 7, 2007)
American Record: 2,000 m - 4:58.60

1984 Olympics: 1,500 m (10th)
1988 Olympics: 1,500 m (5th)
1983 World Outdoors: 1,500 m (2nd)

high school: Upland (Upland, California), 1974
undergraduate: California Irvine (Irvine, California), 1978


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