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    What are some of the best practice/exhibition marks of all-time? Here is the one that certainly qualifies:
    Randy Barnes says that during his stay at the Noons', he was throwing 77 and 78 feet consistently in practice. But on May 13 (1989) he spun and launched the shot so high that Brad says, "It looked like it was never coming down." When it did, Barnes claims the tape read 79' 2 1/2".

    "It blew my mind," Barnes says. "I started screaming. Jim had the video camera on, and he walked up filming the tape measure until the end, and then he filmed the hole were it hit. You can hear him laughing in the background. I was screaming and he's laughing."

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    Did I ever tell you about the time I bench-pressed a Volkswagen?

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    • #3
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      I once warmed up for a cross country race by running the 10K race course backwards and was timed in 26:21, and I was wearing trainers!

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        If Barnes had not been banned during his peak I am certain the world record would be around 77 feet and unreachable for a long time. Don't forget however that Timmerman had a 24m throw in a meet in Greece that was fouled to prevent a) publicity or b) get out a drug test. I don't know enough about that meet and not many people do either. What about the unofficial womans discus wr, 84m...

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        • #5
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          Tell me more about the Timmermann foul. When and where?

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            John Godina always has massive warmup throws.

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            • #7
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              A biggie: The world's first 7 foot high jump, by Les Steers in an exhibition on Feb. 27, 1941, a full 15 years before Dumas did it officially.

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                >Tell me more about the Timmermann foul. When and where?

                Sorry for not replying in a while but I really don't know that much about the Timmerman throw. I found it while using the search function on the ring forum. I can't remember if it was before or after the Seoul Olympics, but I do know it was a meet in Greece. The throw was 23.6m or 24m depending on who tells you. He then just fouled it apparently intentionally. Why is anyones guess.

                Allesandro Andrei also threw 23.2m with a 21.9m stand in warm ups in a late 80's early 90's WC. He then tensed up and threw miserably.

                Interesting point about Godina having many long warm up throws. He has had a really long career but funnily enough his Pb was from his senior college year. I haven't heard of Adam Nelson having really long warmups, but I am sure he has a 75 foot throw in him somewhere, all off a sub 19m stand! What a class act he is.

                I often wonder what the world record would be if Barnes had not been banned. He said he was seeing >75 feet throws every training session with the big one being the 79 feet one mentioned above. Surely it would be 77 or more.

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                  I often wonder
                  >what the world record would be if Barnes had not been banned.

                  Another interesting question is how far Barnes would have thrown without drugs...
                  Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                    >Another interesting question is how far Barnes would have thrown without drugs...

                    Hmm lets just say he wouldn't of been quite as good...

                    People label all the 21m plus throwers as being on something. I believe naturally you can achieve that but many throwers have obviously taken "illegal supplements". A few people give athletics a bad name.

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                    • #11
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                      In this discussion of monster warm-ups, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Brian Oldfield. He used to pop one out around 80 feet almost every meet. Of course, there was no attempt to stay in the ring, and during the ITA days, his pre-competition act was just part of the show.

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                      • #12
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                        *In 1976 the East German autodidact Rolf Oesterreich reached regularly 22,11 m at the county championships in Zschopau, 12th September , (this result hadn't been registered for political reasons and didn't become the world record).

                        On 2nd September that year he put 23,10 m during his training in Zwickau in a wind channel, also with spin put technique.

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                        • #13
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                          yeah right

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                          • #14
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                            I don't get it. I was a serious high jump competitor all through high school and college and I don't think I PR'd in practice more than two or three times in 8 years, and those marks were the result of some technical adjustment, always followed quickly by better heights in competitions. As a general rule I was @ 4 inches better during meet conditions than practices due to being highly motivated and adrenalinized. And, if I had great warm-up jumps, they were just that, "warm ups" for better stuff. I had my share of chokes and screw-ups, but I never left my best performances on the practice field. So, I wonder, what's up with people who PR in practices or warm-ups? I know it is possible to try too hard, but big time athletes with years of experience should be able to focus well enough to produce legal results in official situations... shouldn't they?

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                            • #15
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                              amen to all of the abve.. always had another 2 inches at least in competition due to competitive adrenaline.... am puzzled as to why the throws might be different.

                              Oh by the way I once shot a 52 in golf but was by myself at the time. Look at my scorecard ! I also high jumped 9 feet at practice one day but there were no witnesses.

                              So much for "practice marks" IMHO !

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