Lasse Viren of Finland, was a police officer who burst onto the international track scene in 1971 running the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events. He finished a miserable 7th and 17th place in each respective race. He ran too fast at the beginning of the race and faded fast.
Determined to make a difference, Lasse decided to move more than 4,000 miles away to Thompson Falls in Kenya to begin a brutal training regiment. Under the 250 foot scenic waterfall at the base of the Ewaso Narok river, Lasse pushed his body to the breaking point each day. As the mist of the powerful waterfall crashed down around him, he planned to smash the world record for the 2-mile event at an event in Helsinki in the early summer of 1972.
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