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    Petranoff's 327-0, Pepsi @ Drake Stadium, 1983 (the last old-Javelin mark and a WR by 10 feet). I was watching the throw from start to finish and it had that eerie floating quality at the end that made me shout before it landed that it must surely be a record.
    Edit - what was I talking about ? I meant the second-last mark. It was Hohn's subsequent 343 that really made the IAAF change the implement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    I just did my annual update of the list that is included in the post that began this thread. In doing so, I realized that I apparently didn't do a year-end update last year . . .

    For those who are new to this thread, which has been dormant for more than 2 years, read the text that precedes the list in the first post. Enjoy the exercise, if you've never done it before, and remember--it's not a competition.
    Bump. Once again, it seems that I skipped a year--I didn't update my list after the 2015 season, but just updated it now to go through 2016.

    Everything in my second paragraph, quoted above, remains true.
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    Having seen some amazing performances in the past month (in Albuquerque, Birmingham and College Station,), I thought it would be a good time to do an update of the list that is included in the post that began this thread.

    For those who are new to this thread, which has been dormant for more than a year, please do read the text that precedes the list in the initial post. Enjoy the exercise, if you've never done it before, and remember--it's not a competition.[/QUOTE]
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    I had a very good list of PRs in the late 80s, but since I've become just a high school guy, events have passed me by. However, I did have a few "not many of us have this one" marks at one time.

    My favorite was the 77.44 by Fatima Whitbread, set at 9:18 am at Stuttgart in the qualifying round at the '86 EC. There was only a single stripe on the field at the auto-qualifier (she made it) so we had no clue what we had seen until the mark came up on the board. I can still remember the amazed look on Ray D'Alvia's face.

    This was just a day or two after a few of us on the T&FN motorcoach had been pondering the earliest in the day that a WR had been set.
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    I started working on a list of this a while back but got sidetracked. Probably don't have the time to do it right now but I should start to work on it.
    I haven't been to any elite meets, but I've seen some really good collegiate and pro performances at BU, probably most notable some of Rupp's races there a few years back. Looking forward to my first real big meet, hoping it will be 2020 Trials. Got way too much going on with grad school in the next couple years to really think about anything before that, and besides, nothing ever comes to the northeast US...
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    My list would be pretty modest. I have been at meets where WRs were set but usually working and did not always get to see them. Fred Newhouse and I have a personal rivalry for WR witnessed.. we kinda swap the lead but A&M put him ahead ..
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    never saw this thread before. before i do a whole list, just the WRs. considering the fact that i have never travelled a long distance to see a meet, and seen very few all together, some nice memories.
    first WR was 5/15/64 coliseum relays, LA, villanova 2-mile relay 7:19.0, noel carroll 1:46.8 anchor, bob day 1:46.1 for UCLA.
    2 wks later at SPAAAU occidental college, LA, dallas long 66-3 1/2/20.20. he had put 66-7 a week or so earlier, but the ring wasn't standard.
    jump to 1976 philly, dwight stones 7-7 1/4/2.32. this of course just after his rain-damaged montreal HJ.
    jump to 2002 vienna euro indoor. feofanova 15-7/5.75. (just 16 yrs later at WIC this year stefanidi entered at 15-5/5.70.)
    same meet, jolanda ceplak's still-standing 1:55.82 in one of the most amazing back-and-forth races, stephanie graf 2nd in 1:55.85. (graf came in 2nd in 3 consecutive championship races, losing by a total of 0.10 seconds.)
    later that year, grand prix finale in paris. 9.78 tim montgomery, accomplished while simply trying to beat chambers. after the race, watched marion jones kiss him on the mouth--this before the relationship was public. (and then all the self-inflicted tragedy...)
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    my list is amusingly uneven, as i have never attended a major outdoor champs. invitational meets don't include all events... tight "races" for best in some events.
    9.78 montgomery paris 2002 GPF/9.86 powell berlin 2006
    20.12 johnson linz 1999
    44.26 wariner berlin 2006
    1:44.37 malaudzi berlin 2006
    3:29.27 el guerrouj paris 2002 GPF
    7:43.89i garcia vienna 2002 EIC
    12:57.74 bekele berlin 2006
    13.13 jackson linz 1999
    47.62 sanchez paris 2002 GPF
    8:22.78 chelule linz 1999
    2.34/7-8 matei, conway NYC 1990, strand vienna 2002 EIC
    5.96 hooker berlin 2006
    8.35 saladino berlin 2006 (8.32 powell NYC 1990)
    17.54 olsson vienna 2002 EIC
    21.34 nelson paris 2002 GPF
    62.31/204-5 swarts piscataway NJ 1979 (beat oerter by 1")
    81.14 murofushi paris 2002 GPF
    87.43 thorkildsen berlin 2006

    6.49i gardner vienna 2002 EIC
    7.40i jackson vienna 2002 EIC
    6280 sebrle vienna 2002 EIC

    10.88 jones paris 2002 GPF
    22.52i hurtis vienna 2002 EIC
    49.81 richards berlin 2006
    1:55.82i ceplak vienna 2002 EIC
    4:00.63 zadorozhnaya paris 2002 GPF
    8:41.67i aloui selsoui ghent 2006
    15:02.51 defar berlin 2006
    12.51 devers paris 2002 GPF
    54.50 tereshchuk linz 1999
    2.03i kuptsova vienna 2002 EIC
    4.75i feofanova vienna 2002 EIC
    7.02 maggi paris 2002 GPF
    14.81i marinova vienna 2002 EIC
    19.76i pavlysh vienna 2002 EIC
    65.88 craft ulm 2014 GC (sadova 65.79 paris, dietzsch 65.78 kassel 2006)
    74.12 moreno kassel 2008
    66.03 mcpaul linz 1999
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    Bump!

    I've updated the list that is included in the post that began this thread. It now includes marks from Doha, my last meet as a spectator until next year's indoor season.

    For those who are new to this thread, which has been dormant for more than a year and a half, read the text that precedes the list in the initial post.

    Enjoy the exercise if you've never done it before, and remember--it's not a competition. It's just a fun way to add to the enjoyment of attending track meets.
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