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  • #16
    In 1988, Seb Coe, who had won the previous two 1500s, failed to make the British Olympic team because he was ill at the trials, and Samaranch of the IoC made some kind of an effort to get him an exception in order to try three-peating. It didn't happen, and we'll never know if he would have won; the time wasn't out of his reach (3:35.96). Complicating the issue, Peter Elliott did get silver but the other Brits didn't make the final.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post
      Of course, just look at the results - how many athletes are top at the 100, 200, and 400 or 400, 800 and 1500 (or other triples). However, the bigger effect is that the various strokes are vastly more similar than any two track and field different events except the LJ/TJ and sprints/hurdles and those are not as similar. How many win across strokes (and also make the Finals) compared to sprinters that throw the shot or event sprinters that run the hurdles.
      The TNF equivalent would be the 100m sprint with:
      1. Full use of arms as we have now
      2. Arms held above the head
      3. Arms stretched out at right angles
      4. Arm held directly in front if you
      You have 10 metres to get your arms into those positions
      Damn with those events Bolt might have had 24 Olympic Gods by now counting the "arms" medley relay.
      I am also surprised that swimming doesn't also petitition or add in the dog paddle as a style.

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