Steve Cram of Britain lowered the world record for the mile by more than a full second today with a time of 3 minutes 46.31 seconds to win the "Dream Mile" before 19,231 in the final event of the IAAF Mobil Grand Prix Bislett track and field meet.
Cram, 24, took the lead from countryman Sebastian Coe going into the first turn of the final lap. He kicked with 200 meters remaining to break away from Coe, who set the previous mark of 3:47.33 in Brussels in 1981.
Coe, realizing he was beaten, allowed Spain's Jose-Luis Gonzalez to pass him around the final turn for second place. Gonzalez ran 3:47.79, Coe was third in 3:49.22 and Steve Scott of the United States fourth in 3:49.93.
Cram, who 11 days ago set a world 1,500-meter record of 3:29.67 in Nice, France, said he didn't have a second world mark on his mind during the race.
"I honestly didn't," Cram, 24, said. "I felt my best chance (of winning) was in a fast race, but you never know how fast a race is going to be. I was worried it would be too slow so I moved up with the pacemakers."
Cram's record was the third during a sterling night of track performances. Moroccan Olympic champion Said Aouita cut two-hundredths of a second off the 5,000 meters world mark with a 13:00.40 to surpass the previous record set here in 1982 by David Moorcroft of Britain.
Aouita overtook runner-up Sydney Maree from the United States with a strong kick when he came out of the last curve for the final 100-meter home stretch. Maree was clocked in 13:01.15 for a U.S. record.
Earlier, local fans had their own moment to savor when Norway's Ingrid Kristiansen shattered the women's 10,000 meters world mark. She became the first woman to break 31 minutes when she ran 30:59.42, lowering the previous mark of 31:13.78 set by Olga Bondarenko of the Soviet Union in June 1984.
Kristiansen, 29, led from the four-kilometer mark and defeated runner-up Aurora Cunha of Portugal by 36 seconds. From the three-kilometer mark, Kristiansen posted split times below Bondarenko's old record.
"I had really hoped to break the 31-minute barrier. The speed was good and even and I had good support from the crowd all the way," Kristiansen said.
Kristiansen's record marked the first time she had run the 10,000-meter distance over 25 laps on a 400-meter track. She holds the world record at 5,000 meters and the unofficial world record in the marathon.
In the women's mile race, Mary Decker Slaney of the United States failed to break the world record. But she won the race in 4:19.18, the fourth-fastest mile time ever for women. Kirsty McDermott of Britain was runner-up in 4:19.41.