An interview proves,
RWD: If you could go back and change one race, which race would it be? What would be the outcome?
GL: If I could go back and change one race, I would change the Olympic 10,000-meter race in 1964. Before that race, I had raced a four-mile race on the Mt. SAC cross country course. Someone came to our training camp and said there was a race at Mt. SAC that morning. Almost all the distance runners went down to get in a good workout. At the start I sprinted out at a controlled panic and kept up my panic through the whole race. My time of 16:08 over the four-mile course gave me an average mile pace of 4:02! I would change the Olympic 10,000 by going out at a controlled panic as I had done in the Mt. SAC race instead of starting out at the slow wait-and-see pace as I did. The outcome of the race would probably have been the same, with Billy Mills winning the gold, but they would have set a world record that may still be there. I had an opportunity to make some of the best runners in the world better and I didn't do it.
At the time of the race he must've also set the 3000m, 2mile, 3mile, and 5k world records en route, which is unbelieveable especially because Lindgren was running on a Cross course. So, just wondering if anyone could verify this or even if anyone else has heard of this race or any of the history behind this amazing time by Lindgren?