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    A more personal take by the great Australian...

    A more personal take by the great Australian athletics writer, Len Johnson. Story

    Conicidentally, Len ran against Ken Hall, but I'm not sure if he ever ran against Crouch. I'm sure AS will know...
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    If you like tenous relationships, Ken Hall is the...

    If you like tenous relationships, Ken Hall is the cousin of Linden Hall's grandfather. Linden, former FSU runner, is the Australian women's 1500 and mile record holder with 4:00.86 (Eugene 2018) and...
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    I think your on a loosing s'treek hear and could...

    I think your on a loosing s'treek hear and could of done a better job. I bet Strunk is spinning in his' grave, literally.

    [source: various internet postings]
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    The track at the Australian Institue of Sport is...

    The track at the Australian Institue of Sport is getting a new, you beaut surface. ACT Athletics head James Kaan (1:46.74/3:37.02 PB) is hoping to attract plenty of sprinters looking for fast times...
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    I realised that all I knew off the top of my head...

    I realised that all I knew off the top of my head was the Christchurch result, and that was probably insufficient content for a post! Learnt some interesting things, thanks to Paul Jene's historical...
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    I think the answer to your original questions is,...

    I think the answer to your original questions is, "No", nobody has a list or can produce one, given the current state of publicly available data collections.

    Some of the events are much less deep...
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    Not much chance of that happening - I dislike...

    Not much chance of that happening - I dislike work too much!

    However, I can guarantee there are plenty of under employed sports writers in Australia that could do a much better job than me.
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    Barber won the "Athlete of the Year Female...

    Barber won the "Athlete of the Year Female Sports" award at the local CBR Sports Awards on Friday night last week...

    ..and then hit the gym on Saturday morning, according to local media reports. ...
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    Lauren seems to have reverted to her maiden name...

    Lauren seems to have reverted to her maiden name of Boden, for whatever reason, and ran a new 300m PB of 37.58 at the Woden track in Canberra on 23 November.

    She also won the "People's Choice"...
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    Dixon, Boit and Big Bren "only" went 3, 4 and 5...

    Dixon, Boit and Big Bren "only" went 3, 4 and 5 in the Munich OG final behind Pekka Vassala and Kip Keino.

    Other interesting points:

    Tony Polhill of NZL, who finished 9th in Munich, qualified...
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    He was born in 1948, so he was only 71. There was...

    He was born in 1948, so he was only 71. There was nothing on the Athletics Australia site, so I wrote a quick career retrospective if you are interested. Apologies for any typos or errors.


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    Easy Peasy. Yes, you are absolutely right....

    Easy Peasy.

    Yes, you are absolutely right. People think differently and use Excel for completely different purposes so learn different subsets of skills. This means they prefer, or only know,...
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    Interesting. I generally had the opposite...

    Interesting. I generally had the opposite experience with people I showed how to use them. It was usually, "I wish I'd known about that 10 years ago."

    This wasn't due to my brilliant teaching but...
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    tips on manipulating list data

    If you have watched, or read, a Pivot Table tutorial and want to try using them to explore the M1500m data used above, try this example:

    1. Get data from...
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    Excel is a useful tool even for the "average...

    Excel is a useful tool even for the "average shlub". It is very flexible, and often allows you to achieve the same outcome by using different methods.

    There is rarely a definitively "best"...
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but a single take would...

    Correct me if I'm wrong but a single take would require all the action to be continuously recorded from start to finish.

    This is what Hitchcock wanted to do but he was stymied by the maximum...
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    A Canberra-based newsite, RiotACT, has a story on...

    A Canberra-based newsite, RiotACT, has a story on local javelinist Kelsey-Lee Barber.
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    While logically true, that statement doesn't...

    While logically true, that statement doesn't identify which of place or time, or both were reported incorrectly against which athlete.
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    If you replace "burgh" with related spelling of...

    If you replace "burgh" with related spelling of "borough", you'll see how it works.
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    If you want more stats, this website looks at Instagram(and Facebook as parent) from every conceivable angle. That's if you have all day to work through it!

    The most interesting thing I learned...
  21. Thread: Ford v Ferrari

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    In case anybody is interested, here's a utoob...

    In case anybody is interested, here's a utoob video showing Le Mans winning cars 1923-2019.

    It's amazing how long it took engineers to design a mechanism to exceed the performance capability of a...
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    I thought Tauriki would have already been here to...

    I thought Tauriki would have already been here to emphasise that 3/4 of the drivers in the 1st two GT40s were from NZ.

    These inluded F1 champ Denny Hulme and F1 winner Bruce Mclaren who started...
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    If the president suggested it, he might have been...

    If the president suggested it, he might have been considering "Naturalization by grant" which apparently allows the president to grant Polish citizenship on any conditions. I'm not sure how common...
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    Weight control is part and parcel of any...

    Weight control is part and parcel of any athlete's training regime but it is only a subset of the overall nutritional and health strategy, which is a subset of the entire training plan.

    You have...
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    Despite Emerson's hobgoblins, there's nothing...

    Despite Emerson's hobgoblins, there's nothing wrong with efficient workflows and consistent presentation, it's just that the base product, the photos, are absolute shit tier quality - and...
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