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  • First steeplers who hurdled the water jump

    This year, Kipruto carried on the tradition of many Kenyans who consistently hurdle the water jump in the steeple.

    Anyone think of the first Kenyans and/or non-Kenyans who did that consistently that you can remember?
    "Long may you run"- Neil Young

  • #2
    In the late '70s or '80, I remember someone hurdling the water jump at NCAAs, perhaps Randy Jackson from Wisconsin?

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    • #3
      Amos Biwott of Kenya, gold medalist in 1968.

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      • #4
        Re: First steeplers who hurdled the water jump

        Originally posted by Mellow Johnny
        This year, Kipruto carried on the tradition of many Kenyans who consistently hurdle the water jump in the steeple.

        Anyone think of the first Kenyans and/or non-Kenyans who did that consistently that you can remember?
        "Hurdling" would mean that they get their feet wet. Biwott in Mexico City stepped on the "hurdle" and then jumped right over the water.

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        • #5
          And I think Biwott was the first to do that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Davidokun
            Amos Biwott of Kenya, gold medalist in 1968.
            nope.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ed gee
              In the late '70s or '80, I remember someone hurdling the water jump at NCAAs, perhaps Randy Jackson from Wisconsin?
              Yes it was Jackson.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by malmo
                Originally posted by Davidokun
                Amos Biwott of Kenya, gold medalist in 1968.
                nope.

                Not sure what the "nope" means. That is Biwott in the photo, based on the number on his vest. He certainly did not "hurdle" the water jump, rather "jumped" it. Also, he won the gold medal in Mexico City,

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by catson52
                  Not sure what the "nope" means. That is Biwott in the photo, based on the number on his vest. He certainly did not "hurdle" the water jump, rather "jumped" it. Also, he won the gold medal in Mexico City,
                  Originally posted by Mellow Johnny
                  This year, Kipruto carried on the tradition of many Kenyans who consistently hurdle the water jump in the steeple.

                  Anyone think of the first Kenyans and/or non-Kenyans who did that consistently that you can remember?
                  Originally posted by Davidokun
                  Amos Biwott of Kenya. gold medalist in 1968.
                  Originally posted by malmo
                  nope.
                  One should also note that "many Kenyans" do not hurdle the water jump, nor is it a Kenyan tradition. A few do.

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                  • #10
                    Jackson hurdled the wooden barrier, landing in the water. Biwott planted on the barrier and jumped over the water.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by malmo
                      One should also note that "many Kenyans" do not hurdle the water jump, nor is it a Kenyan tradition. A few do.
                      You're wrong...enough do it to say that many do (I didn't say most, read more closely). Also, as the European commentators said on the Zurich feed today, it it's something the Kenyans have done very often. It's obviously something Kenyans have done for awhile- whether you want to call it a tradition or not is a matter of opinion and I say it is. Do you have to argue with everything others on this board write?
                      "Long may you run"- Neil Young

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mellow Johnny
                        Originally posted by malmo
                        One should also note that "many Kenyans" do not hurdle the water jump, nor is it a Kenyan tradition. A few do.
                        You're wrong...?
                        No, you are. A few Kenyans hurdle the water, not "many". Take a chill pill, buddy.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by malmo
                          Originally posted by Mellow Johnny
                          Originally posted by malmo
                          One should also note that "many Kenyans" do not hurdle the water jump, nor is it a Kenyan tradition. A few do.
                          You're wrong...?
                          No, you are. A few Kenyans hurdle the water, not "many".
                          Whatever...many do as was evident in the Zurich race today...certainly a lot more than did previously and it's all relative...like most of your posts, you argue for the sake of arguing rather than pointing out anything useful...your post was pointless for the thread while others gave good historical information...
                          "Long may you run"- Neil Young

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mellow Johnny

                            Whatever...many do as was evident in the Zurich race today...certainly a lot more than did previously and it's all relative...like most of your posts, you argue for the sake of arguing rather than pointing out anything useful...your post was pointless for the thread while others gave good historical information...
                            Paul Henry, please stick to one handle.

                            My post was informative, historical, useful and correct. Sorry that you don't see it that way. That's not my problem.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by malmo

                              "many Kenyans" do not hurdle the water jump, nor is it a Kenyan tradition"
                              why don't you try provide some statistics or data to make your point?

                              Something like "only one Kenyan runner today hurdled the water jump" or "the first Kenyan didn't hurdle the water jump until the 2004 Olympics so it couldn't be called a tradition" (neither are the case as it was at least 3 and it was done by Kenyans several Olympics ago at least)...

                              At least then you'd be making your point with facts instead of outright opinions in a thread that was asking for factual information...there are plenty of threads for responses like yours
                              "Long may you run"- Neil Young

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