How Metric mile differ from British mile?
In track running, the 1500 m race became the standard middle distance race in Europe in the late 19th century, and has been the standard distance in the Olympic Games since 1896. The distance of the race is sometimes referred to as a metric mile.
However, even in countries which do not embrace the metric system, most running tracks have a lap distance of 400 metres in the innermost lane. The standard middle distance in many United States high school competitions, for instance, is four times around the track, and this 1600 m distance is sometimes referred to as a metric mile as well.
One British mile is equivalent to 8 furlongs (ie) 5280 Feet and is equivalent to: 1609.344 metres.
The use of statute miles as a unit of measurement is largely used in the United States and the United Kingdom; in the United Kingdom miles are used for the benefit of motorists only, as road design is done using kilometres as is evidenced by the use of driver location signs on British motorways. There are many other historical miles and similar units in other systems translated as miles in English, varying between one and fifteen kilometres.
There have been several abbreviations for mile (with and without trailing period): mi, ml, m, M. In the United States, the National Institute of Standards and Technology now uses an ...more