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    Happy 52nd birthday today to Javier Sotomayor and...

    Happy 52nd birthday today to Javier Sotomayor and nice going, Trickstat. You are correct in saying that he won gold in Barcelona. He also took the Olympic silver medal in Sydney, Australia in...
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    Friday The Thirteenth

    Happy birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic champion who competed in three Olympic Games, but not without some controversy.

    This champion, who was born on a Friday, was ranked fifth in the world...
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    Very good dukehjsteve, you got them. The two...

    Very good dukehjsteve, you got them. The two harder questions are: Where in Czechoslovakia did Danek set this discus record? The other question is: What is this mark? Any guesses are...
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    Good thinking, Davidokun. It is Ludvik Danek...

    Good thinking, Davidokun. It is Ludvik Danek who set a world record 54 years ago today. Anyone know the site of the record, the event, and/or the actual mark? Hint: Danek's world record would...
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    Big Event

    This month's (October) "Big Event" happened on this day 54 years ago. This world record was set in the athlete's home country, but not in the capital of that country.

    The athlete that set this...
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    Pretty amazing rise.

    Pretty amazing rise.
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    Justin Gatlin might have something to say about...

    Justin Gatlin might have something to say about that second leg.
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    I would keep Christian Coleman on the opening...

    I would keep Christian Coleman on the opening leg. He's too valuable there.
  9. I was in Seoul in 1988 and thought that men's...

    I was in Seoul in 1988 and thought that men's shot put was great, but this one today is off the charts. There will be another some day which will top this one.
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    Pretty tough assignment for most high school...

    Pretty tough assignment for most high school boys' teams.
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    Amazing to me that the world champion ran his...

    Amazing to me that the world champion ran his first event in 11.27 (only 801 points) and went on to win the gold medal with 8,691 points.
  12. Never was a rule, as far as I know.

    Never was a rule, as far as I know.
  13. Is it just me or has anyone else seen so much...

    Is it just me or has anyone else seen so much foot contact as Jakob Ingebrigtsen? It seems almost every race I see him run, he is clipping someone from behind or trying to squeeze past someone in...
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    For me, this will be the event of the meet. It...

    For me, this will be the event of the meet. It starts at 12:40 p.m. here in California and I can't wait.
  15. She asked him if she could give him a hug and...

    She asked him if she could give him a hug and Lewis said, "Please don't hurt me!"
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    Remember the epic men's 400 hurdles in Rome...

    Remember the epic men's 400 hurdles in Rome (1987)? Doha could be even more epic.
  17. Dust? Do they have dust in Doha? Probably so....

    Dust? Do they have dust in Doha? Probably so. It's a desert.
  18. Keep them coming.

    Keep them coming.
  19. We need more Olympic champions that were also...

    We need more Olympic champions that were also dentists (and not necessarily shot putters).
  20. Clarence "Bud" Houser it is. Nice going,...

    Clarence "Bud" Houser it is. Nice going, rhymans. Houser, of course, won the Olympic discus in 1924 and in 1928. He also won the shot put in Paris (1924). His first name at birth was Lemuel...
  21. Frank Wykoff is not a bad guess, dukehjsteve. ...

    Frank Wykoff is not a bad guess, dukehjsteve. Even though Wykoff is about eight years younger than our birthday athlete, both people went to the same school.
  22. The Whole Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth

    Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Wednesday 118 years ago and won Olympic gold on a Wednesday about 91 years ago.

    Our birthday athlete did not win Olympic...
  23. Congratulations DrJay! I was born in Colorado...

    Congratulations DrJay! I was born in Colorado Springs and love Colorado. My best to you and your bride.
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    Very good, bambam1729. Imre Nemeth it is. Born...

    Very good, bambam1729. Imre Nemeth it is. Born about four months after John F. Kennedy, Nemeth went on to win Olympic gold and bronze in the hammer throw. Yes, his son (Miklos) set a world record...
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    Like Father, Like Son

    Happy birthday today (Monday) to an Olympic champion who won the Olympic bronze medal on a Thursday at the age of 34, died on a Friday at the age of 71, won Olympic gold on a Saturday at the age of...
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