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  • New National Records Book

    The 2007 edition of National Athletics Records for all countries in the world is out. Kudos to coordinating editor Winfried Kramer and his team of Fouad Habash, Heinrich Hubbeling and Yves Pinaud.

    Many intriguing stats as usual. Very first country profiled, Afghanistan, has NRs for 5 events (LJ, TJ, SP, DT, 4x400) set either in 1940 or 1941. And just a single women's NR (100m). Maybe some enterprising coach could recruit an Afghani woman so she could set a few dozen NRs.

    Records in this book are generally what each Federation ratifies, although suspicious circumstances are noted. This also leads to some anomalies.

    Cape Verde Islands rejected a marathon NR set at Lisbon (net drop 110m) and Hungary rejected a marathon NR from Carpi (net drop 100m). But many countries such as Australia, Finland, Mexico, Germany and South Africa recognize marathon times from Boston (139m drop and some years strong tailwind).

    Still disappointing that there was no comment in the USA section about women's 100 meters, arguably the most bogus performance ever to be ratified as a national (and world) record.