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  • Ten year old mile record

    An article in the headlines at the TFN site, seems to miss the point entirely. It "bemoans" the lack of current interest in running the mile, as being the leading cause of a decade old mile record. From the 400m thru the 1500m/mile, all WRs are close to or more than a decade old. They will all go ultimately (as did the 19.32 of MJ, which most thought untouchable), but at the moment none seem "on the brink". Kipketer's record seems to be the safest, but then long standing WRs in the 800m were the norm in the 20th century. The underlying causes of the "long standing" WRs in the 400m, 800m, 1500m/mile are multifarious and have been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere. My crystal ball, clouded as always, suggests the 400 will go first, the 1500 next and the 800 last.

  • #2
    One simple rule change would bring the mile back full force: Allow mile equivalents to be used as 1500 Qs for Oly and WC standards.

    Why they don't is a mystery to me.

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    • #3
      Zat0pek is correct in general, but as far as the mile record goes, look at the similar vintage of the 1500 record. You are not going to get many shots at 3:41/3:42 when the best 1500s rarely go sub-3:30.

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      • #4
        Um, the 1500 guys ain't exactly scaring THAT record, so what makes you think we even HAVE runners capable of 3:43?!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Marlow
          Um, the 1500 guys ain't exactly scaring THAT record, so what makes you think we even HAVE runners capable of 3:43?!
          Agreed. There simply isn't anyone on the scene right now who could even be considered a future threat to either of those records.

          EPO testing has indeed had an impact.

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