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    I don't think I've ever heard that story. I...

    I don't think I've ever heard that story. I can't imagine that the IOC would let them switch lanes, but in 1928 it might have happened.
  2. The world record at the time of the Mexico City...

    The world record at the time of the Mexico City Olympic Games was 3:33.1 by Ryun. Keino's race in Mexico was fantastic and he did what he had to to beat Ryun. Had the race been run closer to sea...
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    Yes, Deer Creek is a fairly popular name. Ulis...

    Yes, Deer Creek is a fairly popular name. Ulis Williams was born not too far from Deer Creek in Hollandale, Mississippi. Deer Creek in Mississippi is the source of Lake Bolivar in western...
  4. Ryun was still the second best in the world on...

    Ryun was still the second best in the world on that day in October, 1968 and he was gaining on Keino even at over 7,000 feet in elevation. Keino had too much of a lead going into the final lap.
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    You are correct, gm76. Happy birthday today to...

    You are correct, gm76. Happy birthday today to Ulis Williams who ran the third leg (45.4) on the four by 400 relay in Tokyo 50 years ago (last Tuesday). I was a big Ulis Williams fan in the early...
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    Deer Creek

    Happy 73rd birthday today (Friday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Friday and won Olympic gold on a Friday. This champion won the gold medal three days before turning 23 years old.
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    I believe it was Chris Lewis from Spokane...

    I believe it was Chris Lewis from Spokane (Meade?). I saw him run in the late 1908's.
  8. I saw the race in Mexico City and knew that Ryun...

    I saw the race in Mexico City and knew that Ryun was not at his best (like 1966-67), but it was still a shock to see Keino take such a big lead and go on to win.
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    So sorry to hear this news. I knew Vic, but...

    So sorry to hear this news. I knew Vic, but hadn't seen him in several years. He was a good guy.
  10. Schul was probably more of a favorite than was...

    Schul was probably more of a favorite than was Jazy, but it was close. Schul suffered from asthma, so the rain storm really helped him that day in 1964.
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    I have always envied Walt for not only being in...

    I have always envied Walt for not only being in Tokyo on this day in 1964, but also for getting to sit next to Cordner Nelson (who was 46 years old at that time) during that fantastic race.
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    Fifty Years Ago Today

    Fifty years ago today, Billy Mills won the Tokyo Olympic 10,000 with a tremendous kick in the final lap. I still consider that race the best ever track final at the Olympics. Of course that is my...
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    Very good, jmdjmd and happy birthday today to...

    Very good, jmdjmd and happy birthday today to Mike Conley. Mike almost got the world record in Barcelona except that it was just a bit too windy. Conley turns 52 today.
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    Grizzly Bear

    Happy 52nd birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic champion who also owns an Olympic silver medal in the same event.

    This champion won gold, silver, and bronze at the World Championships, as well as...
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    She did place third at Stanford yesterday, but...

    She did place third at Stanford yesterday, but that included her falling to the ground with about 50 meters to go in the race and then walking across the finish line. She was spent.
  16. I still don't think I'll ever live to see a...

    I still don't think I'll ever live to see a sub-two hour marathon, but with today's Berlin results, I'm beginning to think it may happen sooner than I expected. Hard to imagine running on the...
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    Bill Nieder was the first over 65 feet. He did...

    Bill Nieder was the first over 65 feet. He did it in one on his "world record" meets before the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.
  18. I think Norway had a good steeplechaser at...

    I think Norway had a good steeplechaser at Melbourne, but I don't remember his name.
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    Phil Coleman placed fifth in his heat and did not...

    Phil Coleman placed fifth in his heat and did not advance to the 1960 final.
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    Going back to Rome for a moment; You may remember...

    Going back to Rome for a moment; You may remember the U.S. team for the steeplechase (and you may not) was made of Deacon Jones, George Young, and Phil Coleman. Jones was on his second Olympic team...
  21. Yes, I think Dennis Carr went to Lowell High in...

    Yes, I think Dennis Carr went to Lowell High in Whittier. Whittier is in Los Angeles County, but it is on the border with Orange County. I think I remember something about Lowell High closing,...
  22. If you combine the men and women, I would rank...

    If you combine the men and women, I would rank Mary Decker number one.
  23. Sounds like Wyndham Halswelle (400 in London,...

    Sounds like Wyndham Halswelle (400 in London, 1908). Halswelle won the Olympic title in a "walkover", so he had no competition. He was born in London, but his grandfather was Scottish and...
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    Yes, the 1959 Soviet-American meet in...

    Yes, the 1959 Soviet-American meet in Philadelphia was infamous for its heat and humidity. Bob Soth ran the 10,000 and ran the first half very well, but ran into trouble during the second half. ...
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    Soth went to Drake University and they had their...

    Soth went to Drake University and they had their own relays?
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