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    Note that Stokes knew he had to score just 1 run...

    Note that Stokes knew he had to score just 1 run with the last ball to tie the game . If he'd had to score 2 his approach to that ball would have been different - he would have aimed for a boundary -...
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    Intermediate times have been taken for a few...

    Intermediate times have been taken for a few years at the Ostrava meet, with Asafa Powell running 9.07 [during a 9.83 100m] - he also ran 9.10/9.85 in a heat at the same meet, while Gatlin, in 2014,...
  3. Thread: 1964 AAU's

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    I have a poor quality black and white recording...

    I have a poor quality black and white recording of the 1500-800-400 from that meet. Curiously, it is reversed with the runners seemingly finishing in the back straight. It came from a UK TV site,...
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    Very difficult comparing athletes from different...

    Very difficult comparing athletes from different events and eras. Peter Matthews and I tried to do it for men and women 4 years ago, and came up with this top-10 for Women

    1. Fanny Blankers-Koen...
  5. Thread: Big Event

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    Seems like you are edging this old codger towards...

    Seems like you are edging this old codger towards guessing 1.91 for Balas
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    With not much else to think about when waking up...

    With not much else to think about when waking up while on vacation (Lisbon), I thought about WR setters in 1961 - Murray Halberg came to mind. He improved Albie Thomas's 2M WR from 8:32.0 to 8:30.0...
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    I'm guessing it was Ralph Boston breaking his own...

    I'm guessing it was Ralph Boston breaking his own WR in the Long Jump with 8.28m in the USA-USSR dual meet in Moskva
  8. Thread: TJ Question

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    At some point in the next 25 years someone might...

    At some point in the next 25 years someone might hit 19m - Edwards on his slightly windy [+2.4] 18.43 went 18.58 toe to heel. 16m to 17m took 24 years, 17m to 18m was 35 years, so if you allow 50...
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    Pierre-Jean. In Kratochvilova's biography by...

    Pierre-Jean.

    In Kratochvilova's biography by Miroslav Kvac - there is mention of the Oslo race, with Kocembova timed at 52.5 at halfway, with JK at 53.6
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    Morcom it was - In 1943 he did 6'4" - 14'0" -...

    Morcom it was - In 1943 he did 6'4" - 14'0" - 23'10" on May 15 to win an IC4A treble
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    A quick IC4A question

    Who is the only man ever to win a HJ-PV-LJ triple in an IC4A title meet?
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    His "Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football" is one...

    His "Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football" is one of the best sports books I've read - full of intelligence and wit.
  13. Thread: Khadija

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    Won gold in North America - was from North...

    Won gold in North America - was from North Africa. Most remarkably ran 1:43.84 (from memory, so may be wrong) and two years before that ran 27:26 for 10000m. Said Aouita.
  14. Thread: Big Event

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    Oops, didn't see the later posts when I guessed...

    Oops, didn't see the later posts when I guessed wrong.
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    Could it be Mary Rand

    Could it be Mary Rand
  16. Thread: Peter Matthews

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    Peter Matthews

    On Saturday evening Peter Matthews was voted in to English Athletics Hall of Fame. Among the statistically minded he was preceded only by Mel Watman, probably the most prolific Track writer in UK...
  17. Thread: Relax

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    And the "relax" relates to the tip his coach...

    And the "relax" relates to the tip his coach Oliver Jackson gave him to help him run - waggle his jaw - to enable him to relax and be more effective.
  18. Thread: Men's POY

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    Adding to one of the strains within this thread -...

    Adding to one of the strains within this thread - how about world records on the same day in different cities, but in the same event -

    it happened on 26 April 1941, when Bill Stewart jumped 6'10...
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    I'm fairly sure it was the IOC who set up the...

    I'm fairly sure it was the IOC who set up the 1906 Games, and not DoubleRBar in anticipation of setting devious quiz questions
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    Akilles Järvinen, brother of the great Javelin...

    Akilles Järvinen, brother of the great Javelin thrower Matti, placed second in the 1928 and 1932 Olympic Decathlons, but under the scoring system in use since 1984 would have won both times

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    The location is Athens [1896, 1906 and 2004]....

    The location is Athens [1896, 1906 and 2004]. Nomen set WRs at the 1982 Euopeans. Bärbel Wöckel qualified as a double gold medallist, but she didn't set a WR. Marita Koch did set a WR [48.15] but...
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    Thomas's loss was bigger than Brown's for shock...

    Thomas's loss was bigger than Brown's for shock value. Brown had a hairline foul on a 27'4 jump in Japan in 1951 - Had he actually set a WR then it would have ranked with Thomas as a US horror show.
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    Cornelius Johnson at a guess.

    Cornelius Johnson at a guess.
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    That worked well for your niece [a 45-15 win),...

    That worked well for your niece [a 45-15 win), but the star of the day was Beaudon Barrett - 4 tries, the third of which was one of the finest scores ever by a #10 - no wonder he was rated the...
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    Germany and Italy had dual meets for the next two...

    Germany and Italy had dual meets for the next two years. Not until 1943 did relations between the two countries get less relaxed
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