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    Clueless writing about our sport
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    I've been meaning to do this for a long time. I regularly come across news articles that are hopelessly uninformed about some aspect of our sport. My reaction is usually just to shake my head in disbelief. But some of these examples of journalistic ineptitude are so egregious that they ought to be preserved for posterity, in order that others may share in the astonishment.

    So here's one to start the thread. Please feel free to contribute other examples, but let's keep this to real howlers, not minor factual errors or things that are incorrect because of a technicality.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201312190846.html

    RUNNERS Gerald Phiri and Titus Kafunda have been picked to represent Zambia at the International Associations for Athletics Federation (IAAF) 2014 World Indoor Championships to be held in Holland.
    I hope they don't buy these guys plane tickets to Amsterdam. The meet is in Poland, not Holland.
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    Apparently Rudisha broke 1:40 in London:
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/o...ch-275555.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by berkeley View Post
    Apparently Rudisha broke 1:40 in London:
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/o...ch-275555.html
    Nice. I hope the IAAF recognizes this!

    And it is there for the joyful realisation of both men’s dreams at London 2012, where Rudisha ran the first sub-100 second 800m.
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    Back to the whole fact-checking thing, there's an article on a Linda Lanker, mentor for the US Team at the World Juniors. Sounds like a wonderful woman, but also said she won national championships in the 100H and 400H for Arizona State. And she's 58. So would have won in the mid-late 70s, so AIAW titles, I guess. Don't know her maiden name, but certainly no Linda won any national titles. There was one runner-up in the 400H for Arizona State. Not to take away from her accomplishments, but why do outlets even run these stories without fact checking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dupontred View Post
    Back to the whole fact-checking thing, there's an article on a Linda Lanker, mentor for the US Team at the World Juniors. Sounds like a wonderful woman, but also said she won national championships in the 100H and 400H for Arizona State. And she's 58. So would have won in the mid-late 70s, so AIAW titles, I guess. Don't know her maiden name, but certainly no Linda won any national titles. There was one runner-up in the 400H for Arizona State. Not to take away from her accomplishments, but why do outlets even run these stories without fact checking?
    if you look in our archive, you'll find the Pfeifer/Hubbard history of the collegiate women's champs, 1969-83.
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    Yep - that's how was able to see that nobody from Arizona State won in the 70s. That was the era of 4 wins by Debbie Esser. A (looked it up, Denise) Waddy was runner-up in in the 400H in 78 - which matches up. And a Calhoun and a Brady in 4-5 for Arizona State in 78.

    But I do love the resource - have looked at it many times!
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    From a Cory Leslie story linked to the front page.

    http://www.sanduskyregister.com/arti...sports/5890056

    "American record-holder and Olympian Evan Jager of Nike collected the victory with a time of 8:18.83, followed by Dan Huling of New Balance with a finish of 8:19.73 and Olympian Don Cabral of Nike in 8:20.04."

    I thought Huling was sponsored by Nike and training with Jager under Schumacher.
    Has he switched sponsors lately?
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    .............Is he now running 400m in negative time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamabi View Post
    .............Is he now running 400m in negative time?
    He said it was incredible, didn't he?
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley
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    "Mutai had run the fastest marathon in history in 2:03:02 in Boston in 2011, though it didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and downhill."

    That was Geoffrey Mutai. This one is Emmanuel Mutai.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5895876.html
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