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  • #16
    Re: Worst athlete to win Olympic Gold?

    Viktor Rashchupkin, TD 1980, maybe his only win in international copetition.

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    • #17
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      "And as to the "early days" to my mind "modern Track " started in LA in 1932."

      Wow: you've got high standards. I'd suggest a date more like 1912...

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      • #18
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        just depends on your definition of "modern." Purely subjective emotion.

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        • #19
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          True. I actually would vote for LE Myers & WG George in the 1880s as the first truly "modern" track athletes. The sport took a big step backward with the establishment of the AAU, imposition of hardcore amateurism rules, etc. But, as they say, that's another story...

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          • #20
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            Kederis. I still dont think he sould have run. Mike was supposedly injured at the trials. Mo was a jack ass and did that fake pull up thing after Mike in the trials and John Capel messed up on his start.

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            • #21
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              "Mike was supposedly injured at the trials. Mo was a jack ass and did that fake pull up thing after Mike in the trials"

              What makes you think that they weren't really hurt?

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              • #22
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                It's not so much that Nouriah Mérah was one of the "worst athletes", but her win in the Sydney OG 1500m was quite a shock (beating Szekely, Szabo, Holmes, Chojecka and Runyan). 2000 was undoubtedly Mérah's best season, but her winning time (4:05) was hardly spectacular and well inside the capabilities of most of the other athletes in that race.

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                • #23
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                  >Kederis. I still dont think he sould have run.

                  ????? I guess you mean "have won"? He certainly had the right to run!

                  No offence, but I don't think this topic is very fair for the athletes. You make it sound like their accomplishment was nothing.

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                  • #24
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                    >No offence,
                    >but I don't think this topic is very fair for the
                    >athletes. You make it sound like their
                    >accomplishment was nothing.





                    I agree. "Biggest shock Olympic win" would be more appropriate. Surely, anyone who wins an Olympic gold medal, doesn't really deserve to be associated with the word "worst" (when used in this context).

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                    • #25
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                      Beamon. Did he ever jump within 9 feet of that again?

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                      • #26
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                        Al Joyner.
                        He was a bigger surprise than Beamon.

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                        • #27
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                          I agree.

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                          • #28
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                            Every racewalker, every year.

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                            • #29
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                              AMEN TO THAT.

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                              • #30
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                                Oh yeah, this is a bandwagon worth getting on!

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