27 Jun 2022

Ray Flynn’s record breaking Dream Mile in Oslo

Longford's Top 10 Memorable Sporting Moments

Longford's Top 10 Memorable Sporting Moments  - Ray Flynn’s record breaking Dream Mile in Oslo

Competing in Athens in 1982. Pictured (l to r) Steve Cram, Ray Flynn and Pierre Deleze.

The Moment: Ray Flynn smashing the Irish Mile and 1,500 metre records in Oslo

The Year: 1982

Frank Greally, in the Irish Runner magazine, wrote that ‘Ray Flynn’s legacy endures in numbers and memories’, and it is the renowned athlete’s record breaking exploits of 1982 that provide us with the fourth of our top ten memorable Longford sporting moments.

On July 7, 1982, Ray Flynn smashed the Irish mile record in Oslo and it is a record that still stands to this very day.

Ray, who completed 89 sub-four minute miles during his illustrious career, was in action at the Bislett Games Dream Mile when he recorded his best time of 3:49.77.

Remarkably, in the same race in 1982, Steve Scott broke the American record and John Walker also broke the New Zealand record.

Ray Flynn also holds the current Irish 1500 metre record of 3:33.5, set in the same Oslo race.


Along with Marcus O'Sullivan, Eamonn Coghlan, and Frank O'Mara, he helped set the still standing world record of 15:49.08 in the 4 x one mile relay, as a charity fundraiser in Dublin in 1985.

Ray Flynn represented Ireland in the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games, where he was a finalist in the 5000 metres.

In 2014, Longford Town Council bestowed the Freedom of Longford on the record holder and he was inducted into the Longford Sports Partnership Hall of Fame at the Ganly's Longford Sports Star Awards 2017, in conjunction with the Longford Leader.

Ray Flynn resides with his family in Northeast Tennessee, where he is the President/CEO of Flynn Sports Management.


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