Tim Danielson, second H.S. runner to break 4 minutes in mile, convicted of murder

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Tim Danielson ran a 3:59.4 mile in 1966. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Tim Danielson ran a 3:59.4 mile in 1966. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Tim Danielson, who was the second American high school student to run a sub-four minute mile, has been convicted of the 2011 murder of his ex-wife, according to a report from the Times of San Diego

Danielson, 66, shot his ex-wife Ming Qi six times in 2011 after they became involved in an argument over a man she was dating. He reportedly later attempted to commit suicide by ingesting carbon monoxide from a gas-run generator, but he was stopped by a sheriff's deputy after he sent an email to a relative admitting his crime and his suicide plans.

In 1966, Danielson ran a 3:59.4 mile at a track meet in San Diego, a feat which only Jim Ryun had previously accomplished. He went on to compete at Brigham Young University but never again bested his four-minute mark. A judge is expected to sentence Danielson to 50 years in jail for his crime at a sentencing hearing later this year, according to the report.

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