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    Counting 800m on up as "distance" events, the US has such three medals in Rio. When was the last time that happened at a global championships? How many times has it happened in, say, the last 50 years? I'd do the looking but 11 days of OG-watching on top of normal work and life has me tired and I wanna go to bed (though I didn't have a little drink about an hour ago and it didn't went right to my head...) Do we dare hope for maybe two more, Jager and Centro?
    Last edited by gh; 08-18-2016, 06:51 PM.

  • #2
    How do you edit a thread title? Now FOUR!!

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    • #3
      Lagat, Centro and Rupp have legit shots at medaling as well.

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      • #4
        Quick review of OG results shows US distance medal totals since 1960:
        1960 0
        1964 3
        1968 4
        1972 2
        1976 2
        1984 3
        1988 1
        1992 2
        1996 0
        2000 0
        2004 2
        2008 1
        2012 2
        2016 4 so far

        Will post who and what later, and look at the WC as well.

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        • #5
          1928 --
          1932 Hill 5000 silver; McCluskey steeple bronze.
          1936 Woodruff 800 gold; Cunningham 1500 silver.
          1948 Whitfield 800 gold.
          1952 Whitfield 800 gold; McMillen 1500 silver; Ashenfelter steeple gold.
          1956 Courtney 800 gold
          1960 OG ---
          1964 OG Schul 5000 1st, Dellinger 5000 3rd, Mills 10,000 1st
          1968 OG Farrell 800 3rd, Ryun 1500 2nd, Young steeple 3rd, Manning 800 1st
          1972 OG Wottle 800 1st, Shorter marathon 1st
          1976 OG Wohlhuter 800 3rd, Shorter marathon 2nd
          1983 WC Scott 1500 2nd, Decker 1500 1st, Decker 3000 1st, Dickerson marathon 2nd
          1984 OG Jones 800 3rd, Diemer steeple 3rd, Gallagher 800 2nd, Benoit marathon 1st
          1987 WC Spivey 1500 3rd
          1988 OG Gallagher 800 3rd
          1991 WC Everett 800 3rd, Spence marathon 3rd
          1992 OG Gray 800 3rd, Jennings 10,000 3rd
          1993 WC Plaatjes marathon 1st
          1995 WC---
          1996 OG---
          1997 WC Jacobs 1500 2nd
          1999 WC Jacobs 1500 2nd
          2000 OG---
          2001 WC---
          2003 WC---
          2004 OG Keflezighi marathon 2nd, Kastor marathon 3rd
          2005 WC---
          2007 WC Lagat 1500 1st, Lagat 5000 1st, Goucher 10,000 3rd
          2008 OG Flanagan 10,000 3rd
          2009 WC Lagat 1500 3rd, Lagat 5000 2nd, Rowbury 1500 3rd
          2011 WC Centrowitz 1500 3rd, Lagat 5000 2nd, Simpson 1500 1st
          2012 OG Manzano 1500 2nd Rupp 10,000 2nd
          2013 WC Symmonds 800 2nd, Centrowitz 1500 2nd, Martinez 800 3rd, Simpson 1500 2nd
          2015 WC Infeld 10,000 3rd
          2016 OG Murphy 800 3rd, Centrowitz 1500 1st, Chelimo 5000 2nd, Jager steeple 2nd, Rupp marathon 3rd, Simpson 1500 3rd, Coburn steeple 3rd

          The US won four distance medals in '68, '83, '84. This time it's seven!
          Last edited by DrJay; 08-21-2016, 09:30 PM.

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          • #6
            Thanks for doing this.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DrJay View Post
              1984 OG Jones 800 3rd, Gallagher 800 2nd, Benoit marathon 1st
              Diemer 3rd in steeple.

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              • #8
                Yes. Thanks and added.

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                • #9
                  Great synopsis, DrJay. Thank you!

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                  • #10
                    Event Gold Silver Bronze
                    800.......6......2.......8
                    1500.....3......9.......5
                    Steeple..1......1.......4
                    3K/5K....3......3.......1
                    10K.......1......1.......4
                    Mara......3......3.......2
                    Last edited by DrJay; 08-18-2016, 02:18 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Let me add my thanks as well. Thank you!

                      Also, add one to 1983: Marianne Dickerson, marathon silver.

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                      • #12
                        I will add a bit to your excellent work:

                        1928 --
                        1932 Hill 5000 silver; McCluskey steeple bronze.
                        1936 Woodruff 800 gold; Cunningham 1500 silver.
                        1948 Whitfield 800 gold.
                        1952 Whitfield 800 gold; McMillen 1500 silver; Ashenfelter steeple gold.
                        1956 Courtney 800 gold.
                        Last edited by Master Po; 08-18-2016, 01:14 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks! Added to list and table.

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                          • #14
                            Probably I should post this here rather than in the History forum or the Olympic steeplechase threads. A 1986 book I have, Tales of Gold by Lewis H. Carlson and John J. Fogarty, contains a set of oral history interviews of U.S. Olympic gold medalists from various sports. In the oral history for Dave Wottle, we learn that the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, sometime after his 1972 gold medal 800 win, contacted him and asked if they could have his golf cap for the Hall's permanent museum exhibit. He forwarded it, and later they also asked for, and he gave them, the rest of his 800 gold medal uniform including a pair of shorts Wottle obtained from Frank Shorter after arriving late at the team assembly site in Europe and discovering that uniform hand-outs had already happened and none of the remaining shorts were a fit. Wottle and Shorter in future years were inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, but Wottle explains that his golf cap got into the Hall before he did, and Shorter's shorts got into the Hall before Shorter did. Wottle says in the oral history interview, "It sure is a humbling experience to know that the Hall of Fame officials want a piece of your uniform before they want you."

                            Well, the Hall's museum exhibits have moved around, Indianapolis and so forth, and I think are now at the Armory in NYC. In the meantime, the loonie coin the Canadians secretly buried at center ice in 2002 at Salt Lake City, a Winter Olympics in which Canada won the gold medals in both men's and women's hockey, ended up in the Canadian national hockey Hall of Fame.

                            Well, now we have news stories online, in the Washington Post and elsewhere, to the effect that Emma Coburn before the women's steeplechase final in Rio found herself without a hair tie. However, Evan Jager was in the vicinity after the men's steeplechase heats, and loaned her his. Coburn won the bronze, returned the hair tie, and Jager then wore it en route to his silver in the men's steeplechase final. So the obvious conclusion is that Jager's hair tie, if he's willing to donate it, needs to become a Hall of Fame museum exhibit at the Armory.

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                            • #15
                              Great stories -- thanks!

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