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    Just finished reading an article in the July edition of Outside magazine about a 34 year-old originally from Michigan named Jon Gill who, I guess, had some talent in the
    day. State champ at something or other and finished not too far behind Kennedy in some race. Booze and drugs have landed him in jail and he is just finishing up a 70
    month stint. Dick Brown is coaching him. He has aspirations of getting to Athens. Quoting from the article which does not appear to be online anywhere:

    "In the Olympic trials. Gill predicts that he'll run under 3:35. At the Olympics, he'll boldly move to the front, where he couldn't care less about the clock. "I'm not running
    for a time in Athens," says Gill. "I'm running to win.""

    It says in the article that one Henry Rono isn't shrugging off his chances.

  • #2
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    No competition for how long? How old? It would make a good story but so would pigs flying.

    I'll beleive it when I see it.

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    • #3
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      >I'll beleive it when I see it.

      I agree but I just thought someone might be familiar with this guy. It's actually funny the way the writer describes Rono who must need an introduction to the typical reader of Outside:

      "...Henry Rono, a 51 year-old Kenyan living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who broke four different world records in 1978, dominating everything from the 3000 to the 10000."

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      • #4
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        CBS also had a story about him a week ago or so. I read the Outside article and couldn't believe the author wasn't a bit more sceptical. I hate to be a dreamkiller, but this guy will be lucky to break 4:00 for 1500. I think he's a classic con artist.

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        • #5
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          >CBS also had a story about him a week ago or so.
          >I read the Outside article and couldn't believe
          >the author wasn't a bit more sceptical. I hate to
          >be a dreamkiller, but this guy will be lucky to
          >break 4:00 for 1500. I think he's a classic con
          >artist.

          I wonder if Brown is being conned?

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          • #6
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            Dick has mentioned this guy several times to me, and believes that he can run a good mile. Perhaps even qualify for the Olympic Trials. I'm skeptical, but I have great respect for Dick's coaching abilities.

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            • #7
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              i wish this guy all the luck in the world.it's alwyas good when people pursue there dreams.i wonder what people said when lance armstrong said he was going to win the tour de france after cancer or george forman becoming heavyweight champ of the world after a ten year lay off.

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              • #8
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                A little pixie dust should do the trick.

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                • #9
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                  i know a lot of boxers have served prison time and come out and won world titles, he is 34 but eamonn coghlan would have had an excellent chance to be in the top 3 american runners now, if he were still 41. it would be a great story if he makes it, much needed attention to track, and he would be living the american dream, he messed up served his time and got a second chance. interesting story.

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                  • #10
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                    It seems pretty impossible, but you never know. In that big article on him in that magazine I would have liked if they would have given some workout times or times of his runs. That would have substantiated the claim a little more. The fact that there were none makes it a little sketchy. The guy does talk a lot of mess about us US distance runners though for not doing anything yet.

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                    • #11
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                      >In that big article on him in that magazine I
                      >would have liked if they would have given some
                      >workout times or times of his runs. That would
                      >have substantiated the claim a little more. The
                      >fact that there were none makes it a little
                      >sketchy.

                      If I remember correctly, the only time they gave was a 4:17 mile from about a million years ago. Dick Brown talks a lot about his form. Wasn't it Billy Crystal doing Fernando Lamas that said "It doesn't matter how you run, it only matters how you look".

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                      • #12
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                        >i know a lot of boxers have served prison time
                        >and come out and won world titles, he is 34 but
                        >eamonn coghlan would have had an excellent chance
                        >to be in the top 3 american runners now, if he
                        >were still 41. it would be a great story if he
                        >makes it, much needed attention to track, and he
                        >would be living the american dream, he messed up
                        >served his time and got a second chance.
                        >interesting story.


                        When did going to jail become part of the American dream?

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                        • #13
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                          >>i know a lot of boxers have served prison
                          >time
                          >and come out and won world titles, he is
                          >34 but
                          >eamonn coghlan would have had an
                          >excellent chance
                          >to be in the top 3 american
                          >runners now, if he
                          >were still 41. it would be a
                          >great story if he
                          >makes it, much needed
                          >attention to track, and he
                          >would be living the
                          >american dream, he messed up
                          >served his time
                          >and got a second chance.
                          >interesting
                          >story.


                          When did going to jail become part of
                          >the American dream?

                          jail is not part of the american dream, but getting a second chace in life is.

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                          • #14
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                            For every 34-year old American who THINKS he can run 3:35, there's a 18-year old Kenyan who CAN run 3:29. Daydreams are nice, they're just not real.

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                            • #15
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                              Hey, US mile running is in such desperate shape why not recruit runners from the pen.
                              I see a new event emerging - "The death row mile".

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