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    Wirkkala is out of the WC team with his injury;...

    Wirkkala is out of the WC team with his injury; Mannio will replace him. Pitkämäki is headed for MRI, but his manager says he's not doubtful for the WCs; he may or may not compete in Kuortane on...
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    Aki Järvinen and Jim Bausch also did that in Los...

    Aki Järvinen and Jim Bausch also did that in Los Angeles '32; Järvinen broke the WR first, and then Bausch (finishing 30 seconds later) broke the new WR. In that case at least I believe only the...
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    I like this view better every time doping in T&F...

    I like this view better every time doping in T&F becomes news again; which, between stories like this and Gatlin running so fast, is every other day nowadays. If we stop testing, that's a one-time...
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    The Finnish NCs (Kalevan kisat) were held in Pori...

    The Finnish NCs (Kalevan kisat) were held in Pori this weekend. Some highlights...

    mJT:
    1. Antti Ruuskanen 88.98 PB
    2. Tero Pitkämäki 87.82
    3. Toni Sirviö 79.73

    The conditions were chaotic;...
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    Hannes Kolehmainen, sort of; WR in the 5000, WR...

    Hannes Kolehmainen, sort of; WR in the 5000, WR in the 3000, a "WR" in the 10000 that wasn't really a WR at all but was (I think) recognized as one anyway, and an amateur world best in the marathon.
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    What happens in the 110 m hurdles is anybody's...

    What happens in the 110 m hurdles is anybody's guess; rhymans could have got it spot on or not have any of the medalists right. I still like Shubenkov's chances.

    The De Luca pick is... brave. But...
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    Norman Taber broke it in 1915; it lasted longer...

    Norman Taber broke it in 1915; it lasted longer than any main-event modern-era WR that has been broken.

    It's not clear how to compare it to other professional times, though; in particular, the 6...
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    They have Ramil Guliyev of Azerbaijan, who should...

    They have Ramil Guliyev of Azerbaijan, who should be capable of running a decent leg, so they only need one more Jamaican.
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    Uh... no. It is true the "real" day (the mean...

    Uh... no. It is true the "real" day (the mean solar day) is not exactly 24 hours (it's slightly longer), but that has zip to do with leap years; it's the reason for leap seconds.
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    That f/f consistently finishes near the top is of...

    That f/f consistently finishes near the top is of course skill, not luck; but with a different scoring system he would probably do even better. The rest of us would be left with scraps.

    On second...
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    I really dislike the scoring system of the Dutch...

    I really dislike the scoring system of the Dutch contest, which has a higher luck factor than almost any reasonable alternative. (Of course, that won't stop me from entering again and hoping I'll get...
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    There are images of Uudmäe and Saneyev in the...

    There are images of Uudmäe and Saneyev in the Moscow final on the Internet; while I'm no good at recognizing shoe logos, it seems to me both of them wore Asics.
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    Schwanitz is 3-2 against Gong this year, and Gong...

    Schwanitz is 3-2 against Gong this year, and Gong will have home advantage. I won't be surprised if Gong wins.
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    Highlights from Joensuu: mJT: 1. Vítězslav...

    Highlights from Joensuu:

    mJT:
    1. Vítězslav Veselý CZE 85.24
    2. Antti Ruuskanen 84.15

    Veselý had problems (NM after 3 rounds... but there were only eight throwers). His first throw looked...
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    The previous record was 13 (2000, and 2013 if you...

    The previous record was 13 (2000, and 2013 if you count Baptiste). So we've already broken that.

    It's not limited to the 100, either - in the 200, 2015 has set records for most women under 22.40...
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    Yes; Brussels 2007 (he placed 10th in 13:07). But...

    Yes; Brussels 2007 (he placed 10th in 13:07). But Farah now and Farah then are two completely different runners; at the time, that was his PB.

    I'm not sure the Kenyans would have any better...
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    To be fair, though, the Kenyans probably would...

    To be fair, though, the Kenyans probably would beat Farah if they ran a 2:16 last kilometer. And they've tried other approaches and found they didn't work, so...
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    Walcott injured, season likely over

    Keshorn Walcott injured his ankle in Monaco; unlikely to compete again this season, very unlikely to be in Beijing. Pity, he was in brilliant shape.
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    I think Tuariki meant the 15-year-old Jamaican...

    I think Tuariki meant the 15-year-old Jamaican who won gold in boys' 400 at the WYC, not the American triple jumper. (Not saying the triple jumper shouldn't consider switching if he was offered that...
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    Pat Ryan's 1913 hammer WR (mentioned earlier in...

    Pat Ryan's 1913 hammer WR (mentioned earlier in this thread) lasted as AR for almost 40 years; Marty Engel finally broke it in 1953.
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    Very nearly three times; Peter O'Connor's WR from...

    Very nearly three times; Peter O'Connor's WR from 1901 was broken in 1921, just shy of 20 years.
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    I think ITA here meant "International Track...

    I think ITA here meant "International Track Association", the professional organization Oldfield competed for in '75.
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    This was nutty... but I still don't think she can...

    This was nutty... but I still don't think she can take down 8:06.11.

    Hats off to Hassan for actually following her much of the way.
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    Best throw outside USA since 1988 (and the best...

    Best throw outside USA since 1988 (and the best ever outside USA by an American).
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    Nice thinking, dj :) Before the Stockholm...

    Nice thinking, dj :)

    Before the Stockholm competition, Myyrä's NR was 65.55... never ratified as a WR since your guesses 1 and 2 applied. (Guess 3 later happened to Matti Järvinen, who set three...
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