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    History's Best Doublers. In my opinion, with many left blank:

    100/200 1. Lewis 2. Owens 3. Borzov 4. Morrow

    200/400 1. MJ 2. Tommie Smith

    400/800 1. Juantorena 2. Harbig

    800/1500 1. Coe 2. Snell 3. Ryun 4. Ovett

    1500/3000 1. Aouita 2. Morceli 3. Herb Elliott (theoretical, in Elliott's case, but he was that kind of runner.) 4. Keino

    3000/5000

    5000/10000

    10000/marathon

    110H/400H

    Shot/Discus

    LJ/TJ

    Other:

    100/110H 1. Harrison Dillard!

    400/400H

  • #2
    Re: Great Doublers

    Well, obviously, Geb 5/10.

    And of course the great tripler: Zatopek, 5/10/marathon
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    • #3
      Re: Great Doublers

      hat's the weirdest double you can imagine? Marathon/shot put?
      50k walk/hammer throw

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      • #4
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        Is the "all around championship" still being contested?
        In the seventies it was 10 events in 1 day....
        included 1500m racewalk, 16 lb. hammer throw, then some ordinary events. Usually hosted in Maine in August or so.

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        • #5
          Re: Great Doublers

          How about TJ/HJ?

          Olsson 17.64m & 2.22m (I think)

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          • #6
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            How about the NC girl Donohue? Didn't she go mile/javelin at the hs outdoor nationals. Or Gail Olsen approx. 7'7" off one leg, blew out a knee and came back with a 7'3 or 7'4" off the other leg.

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            • #7
              Re: Great Doublers

              Great question Rich.
              How about 800/5000, Said Aouita.

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              • #8
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                THE ONLY TRUE GREAT DOUBLE.THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE!!! VIREN 5000/10000 '72 AND '76

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                • #9
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                  100/200m: Ato Boldon and Frank Fredericks!

                  How could you leave these two off the list? Both have great distinction: Fredericks has the fastest all-time double (9.86,19.68), and Boldon has the fastest one-day double (9.90/19.77). He has also marked the most one-day sub-10/sub-20 doubles in history (at last count, I believe it was 7).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Great Doublers

                    Aouita is a good one. How about Geb in the 5k and marathon? Not too shabby.

                    Rod dixon, 3:33.9 1500, and I belive around 2:09 in the marathon. Not bad for a "big guy".

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                    • #11
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                      Great argument for Boldon and Fredericks. Still, they never dominated their competition as did Lewis and Owens or even Borzov and Morrow. These four guys had double Olympic golds.

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                      • #12
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                        Ato Boldon one day double 9.90, 19.77

                        and how about 6'2" and 2:19 by a high schooler

                        Sharon Day in Costa Mesa, CA.

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                        • #13
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                          I saw a high school dual meet in 1973 where Lonnie Shelton (Foothill, Bakersfield CA - later Oregon State BB & Supersonics of NBA) went 47-9 in triple, 63-4 in shot, and 185 + change in the discus (plus 9.9y and 14.2y). He woulda/coulda been a great one in decathlon. Actually, basketball was probably his 3rd best sport in HS.
                          Jim Rorick

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                          • #14
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                            For the shot and discus, Sen Plucknets 233-7 (then a WR), 67-7 from 1981 still ranks as the best one day double

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                            • #15
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                              Parry O'Brien did very well in the Discus, I believe he was world-ranked a few times in the 50's.

                              As an aside.... I heard once that Parry O'Brien finished third in the 100 yard dash in the California State High School meet ! Is this true ? Anybody know ?

                              Finally, Randy Matson threw over 200' .

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