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    "All qualifying performances for the U.S. Olympic...

    "All qualifying performances for the U.S. Olympic Trials must be attained on a standard outdoor track in the period Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Sunday, June 7, 2020, or on an indoor track, in the...
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    On the other hand, the qualifying period for...

    On the other hand, the qualifying period for events (other than 10,000, walks and combined events) is May 1, 2019! That's considerably earlier than has generally been the case.

    The opening date...
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    Wow, wonderful to see these posted so early! ...

    Wow, wonderful to see these posted so early!

    Note that the 2020 NCAA championships (June 10-13) will be contested after the closing date for qualifying (June 7).
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    With the IOC and/or IAAF setting limits on...

    With the IOC and/or IAAF setting limits on numbers of athletes one would think it would be in their own interest to maximize doubling possibilities.
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    The rule requiring entered 100 or 400 runners...

    The rule requiring entered 100 or 400 runners being included on the entered relay pool was enacted to short circuit a situation that arose during the World Champs of either 1993, or more likely, '95...
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    Any country with no qualified athletes is allowed...

    Any country with no qualified athletes is allowed one entry, either male or female, but not in these events: steeple, 10000, road, field, combined.

    I don't know if a country which has one...
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    I'm quite certain the rule was changed within two...

    I'm quite certain the rule was changed within two years, perhaps the very next year.
  8. Thread: Florimond Cornet

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    Interesting about being a shoe tester. Here's...

    Interesting about being a shoe tester.

    Here's a story from a French facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hautrhin.asct/posts/1582503812042575/) that paints an interesting story of his death in...
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    "Foul" might also refer to Yuiry Syedikh, who had...

    "Foul" might also refer to Yuiry Syedikh, who had one of his 1980 foot fouls marked fair. The overhead camera showed his foot halfway across the line after release.

    Syedikh was winning anyway,...
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    Butler? Came from a long line of butlers, which...

    Butler? Came from a long line of butlers, which is how he got into race walking. :-)
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    Richard-- I meant to pm you yesterday when I...

    Richard--

    I meant to pm you yesterday when I first saw this, but forgot to hit the send button! :-)
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    There are several problems going on here, the...

    There are several problems going on here, the first of which has little to do with track and everything to do with cameras and lenses. Kuha, where are you these days?! Your expertise is required!!...
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    My high school's basketball pep band in the '60s...

    My high school's basketball pep band in the '60s almost exclusively played Glenn Miller tunes. I don't know how long that lasted beyond the '60s, but it was fabulous up-tempo music.

    Makes me...
  14. Thread: Off We Go.....

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    Courtney graduated from Fordham University in...

    Courtney graduated from Fordham University in 1955, then competed for the US Air Force team in subsequent years.

    The fact that he anchored the gold medal 4x4 team in '56 is indicative of the...
  15. Thread: 2019 DL Birmingham

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    But the meet did provide the first ever outdoor...

    But the meet did provide the first ever outdoor meeting between Klosterhalfen and Schlachtenhaufen!
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    Maybe so, but remember that the school is only a...

    Maybe so, but remember that the school is only a Junior University.
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    Doesn't anyone here know math? ...

    Doesn't anyone here know math?

    https://vimeo.com/178335
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    To show that what is often thought of as new is...

    To show that what is often thought of as new is merely something forgotten, there were similar stories about the affects of altitude when the AAU men's championships were run at Denver in 1929.
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    Sorry, I gave the answer yesterday but apparently...

    Sorry, I gave the answer yesterday but apparently never posted it.

    Indeed, the story was about Glenn Cunningham, in 1939.
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    Close in a way, because the miler went to Kansas....

    Close in a way, because the miler went to Kansas. But it wasn't Ryun, nor was it as late as 1968.
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    Lopen is correct about the trick question. T&F...

    Lopen is correct about the trick question. T&F lore often identifies the 1968 Olympics as the first time when many people thought about altitude affects, but this story predates Ryun, et al, '68...
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    Name the Athlete and Year

    This is from an LA Times story:

    XXX Wins Salt Lake Race
    High Altitude Slows XXX

    Salt Lake City, May 27--". . . The time . . . while not exceptional for . . . was considered good in view of the...
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    Bednarek pulls hammie near the end of the turn. ...

    Bednarek pulls hammie near the end of the turn. Finishes without assistance, limping up the track, out of his lane but never running to the inside of his lane and never interfering with someone...
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    Administrative jump-off for places 5-6 was won by...

    Administrative jump-off for places 5-6 was won by Amina Smith over Nicole Greene. Smith's j-o clearance was 1.82. They were tied officially at 1.83/6-0.
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    Third place could be even more wide open than...

    Third place could be even more wide open than anticipated. Young and Webb are drawn in lanes 2 and 1 in the 2nd semi, with Hudson lane 1 in the 1st semi.
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