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  • Thomas Saisi Obituary Inaccurate

    I don't see Thomas Saisi as a member of either the 1968 Olympic 4x4 team or the 1972 Olympic 4x4 team. 1972 was Asati-Nyamau-Ouko-Sang.

  • #2
    you're right... was 7th ini the Mexico 800

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    • #3
      The obit also incorrectly credits Naftali Bon as a relay leg in 1972, but he was silver medal winner in the '68 4x400. The slighted '72 gold medalists are Sang and Asati.

      Bambam's database lists two relay alternates for Kenya in '72, but neither of them are Bon or Saisi.

      The obit describes him as an "Olympics record breaker." Since the Kenya team in '72 did not break the OR., I can only conclude that they are mixing up his OG participation with his being a member of the Kenyan 4x800m relay team that set a World Record in 1970. The team members match the relay legs incorrectly referenced in the obit as the the Munich team.

      https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...photo/79662831

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post
        The obit also incorrectly credits Naftali Bon as a relay leg in 1972, but he was silver medal winner in the '68 4x400. The slighted '72 gold medalists are Sang and Asati.

        Bambam's database lists two relay alternates for Kenya in '72, but neither of them are Bon or Saisi.

        The obit describes him as an "Olympics record breaker." Since the Kenya team in '72 did not break the OR., I can only conclude that they are mixing up his OG participation with his being a member of the Kenyan 4x800m relay team that set a World Record in 1970. The team members match the relay legs incorrectly referenced in the obit as the the Munich team.

        https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...photo/79662831
        Yes, he wasn't entered in the 1972 4x4 - here are the Kenyan entrants per the Official Entry List from Munich

        KEN ATH 4x4.jpg

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        • #5
          This isn't the first confused retelling of KEN relay events. Remember the "dropped baton" discussion? https://forum.trackandfieldnews.com/...ping-the-baton

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post
            ....

            The obit describes him as an "Olympics record breaker." Since the Kenya team in '72 did not break the OR., I can only conclude that they are mixing up his OG participation with his being a member of the Kenyan 4x800m relay team that set a World Record in 1970. .../79662831[/url]
            to really picky and precise, they set WR in 4 x 880y

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            • #7
              Thomas Saisi was indeed 7th 1968 Olympic 800.
              Was also on Kenya team 1970 Commonwealths: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlet...27s_800_metres
              And that ties in with 4 x 800 WR at Crystal Palace after Commonwealths (Edinburgh).
              Was Thomas Saisi even a 400 runner/1600 relayer? He won 1971 Munich Pre Olympic 800 over Juris Luzins & Mark Winzenreid........he made a cover of AW due to that. Right after that Thomas Saisi won 1971 IAC Coca Cola meet in the 1,000 meters. Right at beginning of this clip (full screen is for maximum viewing pleasure): http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/yo...64e7a12795ad62. You may have to click on it twice = experiment a little.
              Note his flailing right arm.

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              • #8
                No record of 1600 relay in world athletics profile. He did run in Munchen 1972 as 3rd Kenyan in the the 800 (Boit, Ouku).
                https://www.worldathletics.org/athle...saisi-14352346
                So definitely a respectable career. 2 Olympics plus 1970 Commonwealths. 1971 seemed his strongest year.

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