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  1. Huh? McLaughlin was born in 1999; no reason why...

    Huh? McLaughlin was born in 1999; no reason why she should be ineligible.
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    I just remembered there's an American version of...

    I just remembered there's an American version of the Atkinson/Weightman-Smith tale... thankfully, it seems it never caught on, but died a quiet death after running in a number of newspapers in 1932....
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    Thanks. :)

    Thanks. :)
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    Thanks! Their wives were also unrelated;...

    Thanks!

    Their wives were also unrelated; Simpson married Meryl Leavell, Thomson married Anne Cookman. (Fun fact: after Thomson died, his widow had a new marriage to a different man also named Earl...
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    The more I dig and the more I find, the more...

    The more I dig and the more I find, the more questions I'm left with... This one's even more obscure, but it can't hurt to ask.

    Several sources report that Simpson's taking up hurdles at the...
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    I was never much of an athlete, let alone jumper,...

    I was never much of an athlete, let alone jumper, but to me at least it made zero difference; I could never make myself feel that one of my legs was better or more natural to jump off than the other....
  7. I'll nominate João Carlos de Oliveira.

    I'll nominate João Carlos de Oliveira.
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    I like Jean Bouin in the 5K... he smashed the old...

    I like Jean Bouin in the 5K... he smashed the old WRs for 5K and 3 miles at the Olympics, he just happened not to win. Any other race until then or for the following 10 years and he would have won.
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    Surely Metcalfe and McKenley are both gold...

    Surely Metcalfe and McKenley are both gold medalists from relays? (Not complaining; I'm all for relaxing the rules so they're legit picks.)
  10. I also vote for Crouser, but considering that...

    I also vote for Crouser, but considering that 20.04 medalled in Moscow and the #3 BEMFP is 19.80, Friday's windy 200s weren't that far off. Bolt and Blake aren't getting any younger.
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    Another hurdling myth... USATF flatly states...

    Another hurdling myth...

    USATF flatly states that the two greatest hurdlers of their time, Bob Simpson and Earl Thomson, were brothers-in-law. (Their Hall of Fame bios for both Thomson and Simpson...
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    Atkinson and Weightman-Smith

    There's the story that Sid Atkinson originally got lane 1 (the worst lane) for the 1928 hurdles final, but his teammate George Weightman-Smith (who had run the fastest time in both the heats and the...
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    It's a pity one of them has to be #2. Outdoor...

    It's a pity one of them has to be #2.

    Outdoor season average...

    Bondarenko - 237.85 in 13 finals
    Barshim - 237.82 in 11 finals

    Both higher than Sotomayor's best season average (though...
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    Chumba's time is a new third-place best,...

    Chumba's time is a new third-place best, replacing Tola's 2:04:49 from Dubai '13.
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    Zhang Wenxiu tests positive

    Link on front page. She had improved her PB by 0.34 and SB by 1.83 at the Asian Games.
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    I know many here don't care much about the walks,...

    I know many here don't care much about the walks, but I'd take 3:32:33 over 2:02:57 any day. 2:02:57 was awesome; 3:32:33 was a "did that really just happen?" moment.
  17. That's the same Andreev who was in the PV Oly...

    That's the same Andreev who was in the PV Oly final in '08, right?
  18. Beyond what AS listed: 2-1 vs Ahouré 2-0 vs...

    Beyond what AS listed:

    2-1 vs Ahouré
    2-0 vs Schippers
    3-0 vs Stewart

    In other words, she didn't race the other main contenders much. Incidentally, both Ahouré and Okagbare beat her clearly in...
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    Another thread on the same topic, with a heap of...

    Another thread on the same topic, with a heap of statistics by andres9 (who also used IAAF scoring tables):
    http://trackandfieldnews.com/discussion/showthread.php?139733-All-Time-Best-400-M-400-H
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    There's no way a 8:24 3000 runner is going to run...

    There's no way a 8:24 3000 runner is going to run 2 miles in 8:58, since 8:24 is 9:00.7 pace and the average speed goes down, not up, as the distances get longer.
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    Frank Jarvis?

    Frank Jarvis?
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    Any idea who'll be #1 in the T&FN rankings?...

    Any idea who'll be #1 in the T&FN rankings? Röhler's 12th place at the biggest meet of the year counts against him badly, and he has negative head-to-heads against both Ruuskanen and Pitkämäki....
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    Their analysis of the men's 800 is a mess. They...

    Their analysis of the men's 800 is a mess. They got the Kszczot/Kiprop thing right when they analysed Rudisha ("2nd and beats Amos, Kiprop & Kszczot") but forgot about it later, and it's not the only...
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    Zürich DL: mJT

    This is pretty much a winner-takes-all - if any of Abdelrahman, Pitkämäki, Veselý, Röhler or Ruuskanen wins they will also win the Diamond Race. If Yego wins here he takes the Diamond Race if...
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    Nick Winter?

    Nick Winter?
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