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    Outlier, not random fluke.... sorry but that was...

    Outlier, not random fluke.... sorry but that was rather sedating....
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    Seyni has run perhaps 10 400s in a 2 year career,...

    Seyni has run perhaps 10 400s in a 2 year career, and Koch ran how many over more than a decade? 50? 60? 70? A helpful comparison indeed. Far more instructive to look at Koch alone because she...
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    Nothing wrong with being a Germanophile. It's...

    Nothing wrong with being a Germanophile. It's one of the most obvious things about you.
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    Koch's entire career was marked with astonishing...

    Koch's entire career was marked with astonishing consistency. She had 4 times clustered around 48.2 - 48.16, 48.16, 48.22, and 48.26. In 1 race she dropped her best by 0.56 seconds beating Bryzgina...
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    Some people explained how to manipulate...

    Some people explained how to manipulate statistics to get them sorted in a way that got to the question that started the thread. Then Statistics made an appearance and rather clumsily fogged up the...
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    So when an opinion is not a thing, which part of...

    So when an opinion is not a thing, which part of speech is it?
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    I've always thought of 48.16 as Koch's...

    I've always thought of 48.16 as Koch's "believable" best. Naser is the 2nd fastest 400 runner ever, discounting a time with too many quirky variables, and oh so close to 2nd, at age 21. JK was 32...
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    Unless she's reached her lifetime peak at age 21,...

    Unless she's reached her lifetime peak at age 21, she will continue to get better. That is not an age at which the vast majority of athletes sitting high on the all time lists finish improving - yes...
  9. Oh good, what a relief....

    Oh good, what a relief....
  10. The US has 5 women's world records and...

    The US has 5 women's world records and Russia/USSR has 5, not counting walks and relays, or a non-standard event like the 1000 meters.

    I wonder how many US female world record holders were/are...
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    Here's where I am currently "stuck", because I...

    Here's where I am currently "stuck", because I have so little experience using Excel, but I love trying new things.

    "Add a formula in cell 2"


    Where is cell 2 and how do you know? The sheet...
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    Nobody misunderstood that. I've done the first...

    Nobody misunderstood that.

    I've done the first set of steps posted. At that point, we started talking about performers vs. performances. That list has not yet filtered things down to just one...
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    I am distinguishing between 2 types of lists, top...

    I am distinguishing between 2 types of lists, top performers and top performances. For example, the all time or yearly top performers lists never have more than one entry per athlete, unlike an all...
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    "If you sort by name and time, then flag dups,...

    "If you sort by name and time, then flag dups, there are 977 competitors below the 3:38 cutoff. Bernard Lagat has 100 entries, Hicham El Guerrouj has 97."

    So 195 of Lagat's and El Guerrouj's 197...
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    Interesting. But we're still looking at 977...

    Interesting. But we're still looking at 977 performances , not competitors. At least, not 977 distinct competitors - if I understand your example correctly.
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    Here's a quick way , without designing an...

    Here's a quick way , without designing an algorithm for some machine to chew on, to spot number of performances by performer in those lists. Using Chrome, type Ctrl-f and at top right corner of...
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    That's one big garden of weeding to get at the...

    That's one big garden of weeding to get at the 1000th performER, if in fact those lists would do that. Those are lists of performances that contain multiple appearances from many of the same...
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    Wlodarcyk is super dominant but it's too soon in...

    Wlodarcyk is super dominant but it's too soon in the history of the sport to be comparing hammer dominance to something like SAFP. The margins by which SAFP has won some of her biggest titles is...
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    unacceptable political reference removed

    unacceptable political reference removed
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    It's real alright. Hopefully I don't see the day...

    It's real alright. Hopefully I don't see the day when I've nothing better to do than seriously entertain the notion of running a marathon in a wetsuit. Might as well have a smoke every 5 clicks...
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    I suspect the earth may be somewhat flat after...

    I suspect the earth may be somewhat flat after all.
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    Them and the Mafia.

    Them and the Mafia.
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    Lucky her. It's bad enough running in one in a...

    Lucky her. It's bad enough running in one in a triathlon with a long transition from lake to bike. You sweat profusely in a wetsuit. The thought of running a marathon in one is disturbing.
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    A wetsuit in a marathon? That's psychotic.

    A wetsuit in a marathon? That's psychotic.
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    A wetsuit in a marathon? That's psychotic.

    A wetsuit in a marathon? That's psychotic.
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