Steve Prefontaine Original TYPE 1 Photo 2000 Meter January 1974 – Crystal Clear - PSA/DNA

Steve Prefontaine - (D. 1975 at age 24) once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. He was considered one fo the greatest American runners of all time. Finished a devastating 4th in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Prefontaine was killed on May 30, 1975 at the age of 24 in a car accident.  He is considered the greatest runner of his generation and was the original face of Nike shoes.

“Dick Buerkle competed at Villanova as a walk-on for three years without a scholarship, earning one finally as a senior after breaking 9:00 for two miles. He was a three-time NCAA All American while at the school, finishing 3rd at three NCAA finals: at the 1969 and 1970 indoor 2 miles, and at the 1970 3-mile outdoors.

Despite the mile world record effort, the Wanamaker mile win, and the SI coveer declaring him the "New Master of the Mile," Buerkle was more acclaimed as a 5000 meter runner. Between 1970 and 1981, Buerkle was ranked among the top 10 Americans at 5000 meters 7 times, and was top ranked in the USA in 1974 (when he was ranked #4 in the world) and 1976. He was ranked #2 in 1980 and #3 in 1973. He competed at the 1972 US Olympic Trials (see photo below, with Buerkle in 6th place) and came back to win the 1976 Olympic Trials at 5000 meters and make the 1980 Olympic team as well. In January of 1974 Buerkle broke the 4-year unbeaten streak of Steve Prefontaine when he defeated Pre decisively over two miles at the national CYO meet in College Park. Buerkle finished in 8:26.2, a full seven seconds ahead of Prefontaine.”

Credit -

Offered is an original 8x10 photo taken by a photographer, Darcey in January of 1974 at the 2 mile indoor event held in College Park, MD

Original Pre photos are super rare and this one derives from the Sporting News archives.

Photo has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA and comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA.

Item: 12152

Price: $2,795.00
Steve Prefontaine Original TYPE 1 Photo 2000 Meter January 1974 – Crystal Clear -  PSA/DNA