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  • #16
    Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

    "Kratochvílová reached places where no woman ever came talking about 400m specific endurance."

    You can say that again.

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    • #17
      Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

      sorry, i don't master English language, i meant that she reached a level in sp. endurance that no woman had approached then. Since then, maybe Marita Koch, the others are far behind.

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      • #18
        Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

        "sorry, i don't master English language, i meant that she reached a level in sp. endurance that no woman had approached then. Since then, maybe Marita Koch, the others are far behind."

        I totally agree. You can say that again.

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        • #19
          Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

          :-}

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          • #20
            Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

            No list of "doubles" is complete without Mal Whitfield whom I was lucky enough to see run in his last great season 1953.
            Since I have Cordner Nelson's fabulous work "Track's Greatest Champions" I'll just quote from it.
            "Perhaps his (Whitfield's) greatest accomplishments came as a doubler. In one day of the 1948 Final Trial, he won the 800 in 1.50.6, ran a heat of 400 in 47.3, and won the final in 46.6. Indoors in 1953 he set a Madison Square Garden 880 record of 1.50.9 and came back little over an hour later with a World Record 600 in 1.09.5. On July 29, in Cologne, he ran a 1.48.4 800 and came back in 45 minutes with a 46.2 400. In Finland on August 16, he broke the 1000-meter World Record with 2.20.8. One hour later he ran his American Record 440 in 46.2"
            Nuff Ced.

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            • #21
              Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

              "Imagine a man who could jog through a 400 semi in the Worlds a full 2 seconds off his 400 best and still qualify easily. Not even MJ could get away with that."




              Um.........yes he could, and did, on regular occasion in championships.

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              • #22
                Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

                Well, i should correct myself......usually MJ was in the 44.5 range in the semis.......i had read it assuming you were talking about rounds. Disregard my last comment.

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                • #23
                  Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

                  What about Gerry Lindgren's double at the Kingston, Jamaica meet in the summer of '64, just out of high school? He ran 13:17 for 3 miles, then 4:01.5 for the mile. Remarkable!

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                  • #24
                    Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

                    what about Lasse Viren, 10K/5K

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                    • #25
                      Re: Most challenging doubles in same meet

                      Robert Korzeniowski's 20k & 50k double in Sydney. The combo of distances involved, competition level, risk of injury and chance of DQ make this the most impressive I can think of. He's also the only person to ever defend the 50k Gold.

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