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Steve "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American long distance runner, born in Coos Bay, Oregon , who once held the American record in every event over a mile: 2000m, 3000m, 2-mile, 3-mile, 10000m, and 6-mile. He is considered to be among the greatest and most inspirational runners ever to have lived. All of his fans were known as “Pre’s People”, and would chant, “Pre! Pre! Pre!” over and over at competitions. Prefontaine had one leg longer than the other. He is also known for his extremely aggressive "front-running" racing style and for always believing in giving everything he had to win. Prefontaine's life was brought to a tragic end from a car crash at the age of 24. His three-mile and six-mile records are still standing today.. In 2000, Pre was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
Pre's final 200 meters at the 1971 AAU championships 3-mile.