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  1. Thread: Raaf

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    Once the wall went up it was likely they would...

    Once the wall went up it was likely they would never develop a true successor to Nordwig!
  2. Thread: Raaf

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    A few years ago I was at a major champs (possibly...

    A few years ago I was at a major champs (possibly Europeans). Whilst following the decathlon, I observed that the German, Sebastian Knabe was left-handed in the shot and discus. However, he then pole...
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    Back to Bob Willis(RIP) - he was such a big Bob...

    Back to Bob Willis(RIP) - he was such a big Bob Dylan fan that he added Dylan to his name.
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    Some southern accents have a broadly similar...

    Some southern accents have a broadly similar 'twang' to some of the accents found in the rural south-west and east of England.
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    In a way it is a little bit like if you asked me...

    In a way it is a little bit like if you asked me to try and speak in a particular accent from the north of England (I'm from the south). You could tell I was speaking 'northern' by the vowel sounds...
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    I would say that tends to be about keeping...

    I would say that tends to be about keeping possession rather than anything aesthetic. A player decides it is better that rather than take a shot which will probably not result in a goal and will...
  7. Thread: Blood Doping

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    Sometime not long after the '84 Olympics, I...

    Sometime not long after the '84 Olympics, I remember a report going around alleging that Vainio's positive test resulted from a blood infusion.
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    That must be one of the most star-studded sets of...

    That must be one of the most star-studded sets of qualifiers from a heat in Commonwealth Games history.

    RIP Graham Crouch.
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    Under the rules of the sport (i.e. the IAAF/WA of...

    Under the rules of the sport (i.e. the IAAF/WA of which USATF is a member) his performance is entitled to be the WR and he is entitled to be listed as the WR holder.

    Under their own rules, as an...
  10. When was Lysenko an ANA athlete? Wasn't she...

    When was Lysenko an ANA athlete? Wasn't she banned before the Russian team was?
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    Belated mention of Jeffrey (formerly Lord)...

    Belated mention of Jeffrey (formerly Lord) Archer, former Member of the British Parliament and bestselling novelist. He was a sprinter in the early 60s and made one appearance for GB. He was...
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    I assume there are a few examples of US...

    I assume there are a few examples of US international t&f athletes who would have finished with track at high school if they hadn't gotten a football scholarship?
  13. Thread: 1917

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    There was a noted single continuous shot at the...

    There was a noted single continuous shot at the start of Snake Eyes starring Nicholas Cage. I assume it was a single take? It was the most memorable thing about the movie for me.
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    Henry Carr 200 & 4x400 in Tokyo 1964. The...

    Henry Carr 200 & 4x400 in Tokyo 1964.

    The other HC would be Hasely Crawford 100 Montreal 1976.
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    Some lists deal with this by standardizing all...

    Some lists deal with this by standardizing all performances under the one married name (usually the final one for those married more than once).

    An extreme example is the British Power of 10 site...
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    In the UK, we have French dressing but not...

    In the UK, we have French dressing but not Italian (probably call it something else). We call a certain vegetable by the French name courgette while in the US it is known by the Italian Zucchini (the...
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    I wonder if Jesse Owens is the only pre WWII ...

    I wonder if Jesse Owens is the only pre WWII performer who is still in the top 1000?
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    Here in England people eat more (American)...

    Here in England people eat more (American) muffins than English ones. Except we tend to just call both of them just muffins. One type tends to be blueberry or chocolate and the other usually comes in...
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    I would have thought the streets were full of...

    I would have thought the streets were full of them! ;)
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    Elvis of course. I was 9 and staying with a great...

    Elvis of course. I was 9 and staying with a great aunt in the suburbs of London. I would have been in bed by the time it was announced so I first knew from the front of her newspaper the next day.
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    9/11 occurred on the day when I would usually...

    9/11 occurred on the day when I would usually have gone round my sister's and put her children to bed. Instead I ended up at my parents' with us adults listening to the news on the radio at the back...
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    A good example is the Russian surname that in...

    A good example is the Russian surname that in English is usually spelt Yevsyukov. In German it tends to be Jewsjukow.
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    Well all those guys have outlived that Harlow...

    Well all those guys have outlived that Harlow track which is about 25 miles from me. The town has a replacement track that I think has still not been passed fit for club competition.

    I met Peter...
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    It does seem that Lasitskene has been quite brave...

    It does seem that Lasitskene has been quite brave to speak out as apparently there are many Russians who like to accuse such talk of being "treachery". This seems odd to me when she is just trying...
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    I wasn't born myself but I do know that my...

    I wasn't born myself but I do know that my parents* were at my mother's parents' house in an east London suburb. My mother was pregnant with my sister.

    *Still living.
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