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    Excellent, mcgato, KDFINE, and bald.thing! ...

    Excellent, mcgato, KDFINE, and bald.thing! Today is the 54th anniversary of the first indoor sub-four minute by Jim Beatty in Los Angeles. Happy 76th birthday today to Mary Rand who won gold,...
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    Two Big Events

    Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic champion with three medals from the same Olympic Games. Also, happy birthday today to a major event in track and field.

    So, one is an athlete's...
  3. I doubt you could come up with hundreds more in a...

    I doubt you could come up with hundreds more in a short time.
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    Vladimir Kuts it is, KDFINE. Very good. ...

    Vladimir Kuts it is, KDFINE. Very good. George Rhoden is still alive, as far as I know, dukehjsteve, but that was a good guess.

    Kuts, of course, won both the 5K and the 10K in Melbourne,...
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    Here Comes Merritt

    With all the fantastic high school marks this weekend, there's one mark by a 30 year old hurdler (Aries Merritt) that might top them all.

    As you know Aries Merritt had a kidney transplant a few...
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    Petrovich Boxer

    Happy birthday today (Sunday) to a double Olympic champion who was 29 years old when winning those two medals.

    After the Olympics, this athlete set a world record that lasted several years.

    Our...
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    Good thinking, dukehjsteve, but dj got it with...

    Good thinking, dukehjsteve, but dj got it with Forrest "Spec" Towns. Of course you know Forrest Towns won the 110 hurdles in Berlin at the age of 22. He was from Georgia and broke the world...
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    Richmond Academy

    Happy birthday today (Saturday) to an Olympic champion who was also a NCAA champion.

    This athlete was one of six children and was the first to break a "track & field barrier".

    Our birthday...
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    Not much more beautiful than watching Brumel ease...

    Not much more beautiful than watching Brumel ease over 7' 5". I was so lucky to have seen him jump in person several times. Made me want to be a high jumper, but I struggled to clear 5 feet.

    I...
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    I don't like the four jumps in the vertical...

    I don't like the four jumps in the vertical jumping. Stick with three. I do like the 400 and breaking for the pole. I would love to see the distance medley as well as the 8 man (and women)...
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    No telling what Rupp will do in the marathon. ...

    No telling what Rupp will do in the marathon. It's a long way to race and Rupp is untested at this distance. I think he can make the top three, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him in 6th place.
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    In the hospital?

    In the hospital?
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    That's about what I expected. Thanks very much...

    That's about what I expected. Thanks very much to you all.
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    Legit or Not? This is No Quiz!

    A good friend of mine was recently in Germany and met a man named "Andreas Gehlen" who claimed to have made the West German Olympic team in 1980 (Moscow), but never went because of the boycott. ...
  15. Very good, rhymans! Today is the birthday for 1....

    Very good, rhymans! Today is the birthday for 1. Herma Bauma (101 years ago), 2. Henry Eriksson (96 years ago), and 3. Sergey Litvinov (58 years ago). Speaking of the greats in track and field, if...
  16. Human Beings Have Extreme Social Limits

    Happy birthday today (Saturday) to three Olympic champions one of whom is still alive today.

    Let's call the first born "number one". The last born will be "number three"

    That leaves "number...
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    And with a better start, he could have been the...

    And with a better start, he could have been the Olympic champion in Rome. In that 100 meters, Sime was last (out of six runners) at 25 meters. Armin Hary was 10.32 and Dave Sime was 10.35 for...
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    Very sad.

    Very sad.
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    Madeline Manning Mims it is, AyZiggy. Madeline...

    Madeline Manning Mims it is, AyZiggy. Madeline turned 68 yesterday and of course you know she won the 800 in Mexico City (1968). She also ran the second leg (51.9) on the four by 400 relay in...
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    No, it's not Barbara Ferrell, but you're getting...

    No, it's not Barbara Ferrell, but you're getting pretty close.
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    Tuariki, you did mention the correct name, along...

    Tuariki, you did mention the correct name, along with another incorrect guess. Larry James is a good guess, dukehjsteve, but not the right one.
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    John Hay High School

    Happy 68th birthday today to an Olympic champion who also owns an Olympic silver medal from a different event.

    Our birthday athlete was only 20 years old when winning that Olympic gold medal.
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    Very good detective work, norunner and yes, it...

    Very good detective work, norunner and yes, it was Ibolya Csak (Hungary) who was born 101 years ago this past Wednesday.
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    You're right, catson52. Let me tell you that...

    You're right, catson52. Let me tell you that the silver medalist mentioned above by catson52 was the only athlete of a certain sex to win Olympic medals in track and field before and after World...
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    National Record For 24 Years

    Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic champion that won the gold medal approximately 430 miles from this athlete's hometown.

    Our birthday person was a gymnast as well as a long jumper.
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