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    Apparently he ran 2 hrs 46 in 1948 and was 5th in...

    Apparently he ran 2 hrs 46 in 1948 and was 5th in the AAA champs (effectively the UK Olympic trial).
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    Alan Turing - sometimes referred to as "the...

    Alan Turing - sometimes referred to as "the father of modern computing".

    Noted for his major role in breaking the Nazi's Enigma code during WWII.

    Sadly he was homosexual at a time when it was...
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    If it was faked dozens of people would have had...

    If it was faked dozens of people would have had to have known about it. There is no way that none of these people would have all kept quiet about such a deception when they could make a lot of money...
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    From memory her bests were something like 2:08...

    From memory her bests were something like 2:08 800, 1.93 HJ, 16.80ish SP and 50something JT. There have been very few other heptathletes who are stronger or as strong over those 4 events. Thiam might...
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    To be fair, I often do prefer to watch doubles....

    To be fair, I often do prefer to watch doubles. One advantage it does have is 4 different servers and returners which does make for more variety between points and games.
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    Having watched some of both matches, the singles...

    Having watched some of both matches, the singles had more 'human drama' and when there is only one player each side of the net you have more excitement around whether they will be able to get the...
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    None available this weekend as they'd all be...

    None available this weekend as they'd all be about 50 miles north at the motor racing.
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    Stokes lived in New Zealand until he was 12. His...

    Stokes lived in New Zealand until he was 12. His Dad was a Rugby League coach who moved to Cumbria for work.
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    Kaul finished with 77.36 JT & 4:17.63 1500. I'm...

    Kaul finished with 77.36 JT & 4:17.63 1500. I'm not sure whether anyone's ever scored 1830 points for the last 2 events of a decathlon before on current tables. There are some world-class athletes...
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    Or the guy lying second before the JT (who is...

    Or the guy lying second before the JT (who is also a decent 1500m runner) throwing 77.36!
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    Seeing that Johannes Erm has a 250 point lead...

    Seeing that Johannes Erm has a 250 point lead after the first day of the decathlon here makes me think of what other athletes have won an NCAA outdoor title and the European U23s in the same season....
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    I would have thought it's tougher to do this...

    I would have thought it's tougher to do this outdoors than indoors where you will get the same wind conditions at both meets (i.e. none).
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    I think there were four rounds in the 800 in LA...

    I think there were four rounds in the 800 in LA in 1984 despite a boycott which probably reduced the entries by about 10 athletes or so. Other than that I think there have been 3 rounds in all the...
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    My main concern with having 'fastest losers'...

    My main concern with having 'fastest losers' qualifying spots in sprint races is the possibility of very different wind conditions between the 2 heats. I don't think this is a major worry at the kind...
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    Yes it's not the quickest ten miles to travel. I...

    Yes it's not the quickest ten miles to travel. I suspect the quickest method involves a rather fearless motorcyclist.
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    Have we reached the stage where there's no-one...

    Have we reached the stage where there's no-one with the intelligence to go out on the track about 50-60m somewhere in front of the athletes and wave them down?
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    Nils Schumann?

    Nils Schumann?
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    On Sunday in England (barring inclement weather)...

    On Sunday in England (barring inclement weather) we have the World Cup cricket final, the Men's Final at Wimbledon and the British F1 Grand Prix!
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    Coe as a teen was more a 1500/3000 type. At 18 he...

    Coe as a teen was more a 1500/3000 type. At 18 he got a 1500 bronze at the European Juniors. In 1977 at 20 he became Britain's top 800m man running at the European Cup and breaking the UK record at...
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    I think that men's teams often just play a lofted...

    I think that men's teams often just play a lofted ball into the 6 yard box almost every time just because they can despite the fact that it has a fairly low success rate in terms of actual goals....
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    Steve Cram ran 1:42.88 with a best 400 of only...

    Steve Cram ran 1:42.88 with a best 400 of only 49.1 but a 3:29 1500 & 3:46 mile. I think that 400 was done in a minor local race when he was about 20 and I suspect he could have run about 48.5 if...
  22. I know in the past the IAAF's rules on seeding...

    I know in the past the IAAF's rules on seeding allowed tweaking of the composition of heats to keep athletes from the same country apart but didn't insist that this had to be done.
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    I remember being told a few years back that in its early days the London Marathon had to keep an eye out for people using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames to cut off a chunk of the race. I...
  24. Surely the most famous example of a 'mature'...

    Surely the most famous example of a 'mature' student in track & field at these games is Pietro Mennea's WR 200m in Mexico City in 1979 at the age of 27.

    I assume the World University cross-country...
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    Generally, defenders would rather put the ball...

    Generally, defenders would rather put the ball out for a throw-in which gives their team a little time to mark attackers and get in position than keep it in play if there isn't an easy pass to a...
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