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    In a very unstatistical comment, I counted Nia...

    In a very unstatistical comment, I counted Nia Ali's post-race celebrations with her children as one of the most delightful I'd ever seen at a global championship, as did my wife.
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    20.4y Carr - should read without detailing any...

    20.4y Carr - should read without detailing any reading
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    A couple of notes on your queries - 9.35 Hayes...

    A couple of notes on your queries -

    9.35 Hayes - none of the papers noted the wind, so may be difficult to locate
    20.34 Carlos - wind was 1.4 rather than 1.5 [the wind was reported in T&FN as...
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    I sensed you'd be asking this one today [and on a...

    I sensed you'd be asking this one today [and on a personal note, thanks for the card]
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    Bobby-Joe Morrow, who would have been a sub-10...

    Bobby-Joe Morrow, who would have been a sub-10 man with modern tracks, shoes and [legal] training methods.
  6. Toe to heel bests - Gayle 8.69 + 0.01 = 8.70...

    Toe to heel bests -
    Gayle 8.69 + 0.01 = 8.70 [and 8.48 on his 8.46 jump]
    Echevarria 8.30 + 0.27 = 8.57 [8.48 toe to heel on his 8.25 and 8.34 jumps]
    Henderson 8.39 + 0.02 = 8.41
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    Moses had a pb of 45.60, and a relay split of...

    Moses had a pb of 45.60, and a relay split of 44.1 to his credit. Hemery ran 44.6A in the 1968 OG relay, and 44.9 in the 72 relay final. Akii-Bua rarely ran relays but he did do 45.82 on the flat in...
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    The cunning element of your question was that...

    The cunning element of your question was that when he won Gold 93 years ago, he'd already won 2 four years earlier - It's Bud Houser
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    Semenya is following in the footsteps of Maria...

    Semenya is following in the footsteps of Maria Mutola. After more than 20 years of 800m running she became captain of her National Football team, leading them at the All-African Games in 2011
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    In 1988 I was in Leningrad [as it still was then]...

    In 1988 I was in Leningrad [as it still was then] to attend the GP Meet [The Znamenskiy] and there was a reception to celebrate 100 years of Russian Athletics. A bus would pick us up, and there were...
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    Walsh was quoted after the event as being pleased...

    Walsh was quoted after the event as being pleased that he had some good throws, but that "he didn't really catch one right". - 23m in Doha?
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    You almost have it - his job was to test shoes,...

    You almost have it - his job was to test shoes, so they were quite rigorously tested.
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    I'm not sure if you can pick this link up - if...

    I'm not sure if you can pick this link up - if so, then you can see Campbell's jump

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qn2u0f38prr4vvr/Ian%20Campbell-%20A%20fight%20for%20gold%2035%20years%20on.mp4?dl=0
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    As a clue I would say that his event will help...

    As a clue I would say that his event will help you much more than his name
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    I'm sure Olli is right - Kula was born in 1959,...

    I'm sure Olli is right - Kula was born in 1959, while 3-Sep-54 is the dob of Uudmae - de Oliveira may have jumped further that day, and Ian Campbell most certainly did
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    Good try, but no.

    Good try, but no.
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    Florimond Cornet

    Rare to have a question about a walker, but Florimond Cornet was the #1 over 50k in the world in 1939 - some 9 minutes quicker than anyone else with 4:28:46 - what was his profession ? - don't look...
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    The nurse will be taking me back to my room soon,...

    The nurse will be taking me back to my room soon, but before that, have a look at "Florimond Cornet" - a question which I definitely haven't pinched [accidentally] from DJ
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    To quote Shakespeare - much ado about nothing

    To quote Shakespeare - much ado about nothing
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    Oops - well, I hadn't checked back on that. It...

    Oops - well, I hadn't checked back on that. It means that I either have Alzheimer's (like my father before me), or my mind moves in similar ways to DJ [and as we've worked on various projects...
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    A question of altitude

    After first competing at altitude, which Olympic medalist said this, and when?

    "The altitude bothered me in the third lap. It seemed like my breath only went down about a fourth of the way into my...
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    Curious that 11 passed tests should get so little...

    Curious that 11 passed tests should get so little fanfare when compared with 3 missed tests
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    As a corollary to the last post it's worth...

    As a corollary to the last post it's worth mentioning the quality of work supplied by such as Stan Greenberg [previous post], Walt Murphy in the USA, and Mark Butler. As well as editing more than 50...
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    David Coleman, previously mentioned in the thread...

    David Coleman, previously mentioned in the thread was probably the best British commentator at generating excitement. Much of what he said was gleaned from the help given by the stats guys.
    From...
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    A question was asked of Elliott's basic speed...

    A question was asked of Elliott's basic speed earlier in this thread. Not as fast as Snell, and yet...no-one has ever produced a quicker last 400m in a championship race than Elliott in the 1958...
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