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  • T&FN commits unpardonable sin

    came in this morning to find a voicemail from a distraught subscriber who is seriously considering never buying the magazine ever again: the cover of the latest issue calls Radcliffe's London run a "world record" when everybody knows that because of the course differences there is no such thing as a world record in the marathon and we should have called it a "course record."

    Alrighty, then!

  • #2
    Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

    well, if I could run 2:15, I'd be very very happy...

    of course, it's 800 meters I talking about right now.

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    • #3
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      I thought the term "world best" was generally accepted...

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      • #4
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        Bottom line is that the IAAF will vote (and surely accept) on ratifying "official world records" in the road events this summer. TFNews was obviously just way ahead of the curve. That's why we subscribe, right?

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        • #5
          Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

          >I thought the term "world best" was generally
          >accepted...




          You are 100% correct, that is what should've been used.

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          • #6
            Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

            I thouht world best was just for that year though, but I'm not too sure.

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            • #7
              Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

              >I thouht world best was just for that year
              >though, but I'm not too sure.



              Nah, "world best" has traditionally been used for events that are not officially ratified by the IAAF for WR's.


              "World best" = "World record for non-ratifiable events"

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              • #8
                Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

                >I thouht world best was just for that year
                >though, but I'm not too sure.

                'world leader'?

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                • #9
                  Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

                  T&FN, marching as always to a superior drummer than that of the various governing bodies (insert smiley here), has for decades referred to the best marathon as a World Record: why demean the best effort known?

                  As 45rpm noted earlier, IAAF finally agrees with us and will make the change in vocabulary this summer.

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