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    This came up on another thread. Which runner had/has the best range over a variety of distances. The winner should have been world class (at there time) at a variety of distances (i.e 400m through 5,000m or mile through Marathon, or 60m through 800m).

    Names already suggested are : Rod Dixon, Frank Shorter, Haile Gebrselassie .........

  • #2
    Re: Best Range Ever

    Rod Dixon's range:

    Distance Personal Best Time
    800m 1min 47.6s
    1500m 3min 33.89s
    Mile 3min 53.62s
    3,000m Steeplechase 8min 29s
    5000m 13min 17.3s
    10,000m 28min 11.0s
    Marathon 2h 8min 59s

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    • #3
      Re: Best Range Ever

      >Rod Dixon's range:

      Distance Personal Best Time
      800m 1min 47.6s
      1500m
      >3min 33.89s
      Mile 3min 53.62s
      3,000m Steeplechase 8min 29s
      5000m 13min
      >17.3s
      10,000m 28min 11.0s
      Marathon 2h 8min 59s

      I'm not saying he is the best btw-just providing the data.

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      • #4
        Re: Best Range Ever

        Paul Cummings is another name thrown out there.

        I would also add Steve Ovett to the mix (1:43 to 1:02 in the 800m to 1/2 marathon)

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        • #5
          Re: Best Range Ever

          Jarmila Kratochvilova - 11.09 (3rd fastest in the world in 1981) at 100 through to 1:53.28 (WR) at 800.
          Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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          • #6
            Re: Best Range Ever

            If this conversation wasn't limited to runners, then JJK would be a strong candidate. She was world class in the heptathlon (obviously), but her individual marks in the 60mH, 100mH, high jump, 200m, long jump, and 400mH were world class. Also, if she'd have given the 100m a decent shot in 1988, no doubt she'd have got close to 11.00

            Even her triple-jump PR (which was a 13.10m or something jump, set in 1983) would have put her in the top-ten for that year!

            However, looking at runners, Gebrselassie had a great range, and Liz McColgan's wasn't so bad either. Same goes for Ingrid Kristiansen.

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            • #7
              Re: Best Range Ever

              Yunxia Qu - 1:56.24 at 800 and 2:24:32 in the marathon.
              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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              • #8
                Re: Best Range Ever

                Didn't Said Aouita have remarkable range? I seem to remember him posting world class times in everything from the 800 to the 10k.

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                • #9
                  Re: Best Range Ever

                  Why are we doing this thread again? Didn't we do it to death a few months ago?

                  (Yeah, I know I can always not open it. Problem is that some threads have a way of morphing into something else and you never know when the thread title is going to become mis-descriptive.)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Best Range Ever

                    T&F Man

                    Sorry if I missed the thread a few months ago that you are talking about.

                    Not sure why you think this thread is mis-labled.

                    Considering the thread got 6 or 7 posts in the first 20 minutes, I'd say its a topic many like to discuss.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best Range Ever

                      >Not sure why you think this thread is mis-labled.




                      I think he was talking about the previous threads being mis-labelled (i.e. the threads that have discussed this sort of thing in the past).

                      Still, I don't mind discussing it again! :-)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best Range Ever

                        Lee Evans (USA)
                        100m - 10.94s (1999!)
                        220y - 20.7s (1972)
                        300m - 32.2+ (1968)
                        400m - 43.86A (1968) / 44.95s (1967) / 44.6+ (1972)
                        440y - 44.8A (1969)
                        500y - 54.4i (1971 & 1974)
                        600y - 1:08.0i (1970)
                        600m - 1:14.3A (1968)

                        Larry James (USA)
                        400m - 43.97A (1968) / 45.2y (1968, worth 44.9)
                        440y - 45.2s (1968)
                        500y - 53.9i (1973)
                        600y - 1:09.2s
                        600m - 1:14.6A (1968)
                        330yIH - 38.0s (1966)
                        400mH - 50.2s (1970)
                        Triple Jump - 14.80m (1967)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best Range Ever

                          wow - I had forgotten about RD - those are impressive numbers/times. Did Aouita run beyond 5K - can't remember and too lazy to do the re ... search

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                          • #14
                            Re: Best Range Ever

                            >>I think he was talking about the previous threads being mis-labelled (i.e. the threads that
                            have discussed this sort of thing in the past).<<


                            No, actually, I wasn't referring to the previous threads on this subject at all. I was talking more generally about the fact that threads sometimes wander from their origins. I've had the experience of ignoring a thread with a title that didn't interest me, only to discover that it had somehow become a discussion of something that did interest me. Thus, I am reluctant to ignore a thread totally, especially if it starts generating dozens of posts.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Best Range Ever

                              >wow - I had forgotten about RD - those are impressive numbers/times. Did
                              >Aouita run beyond 5K - can't remember and too lazy to do the re ... search

                              27:26.11 in 1986 - that was one of the fastest times ever at the time... and he also ran 1:43.86 two years later.
                              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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