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  • #16
    Re: The Great Distance Runners

    And Nurmi, Ritola, Keino also had some success in the Steeple... and not to forget Aouita

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    • #17
      Re: The Great Distance Runners

      Originally posted by said88
      And Nurmi, Ritola, Keino also had some success in the Steeple... and not to forget Aouita
      But with the exception of Keino, SC still played a minor part in their overall career record.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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      • #18
        Re: The Great Distance Runners

        Originally posted by said88
        Originally posted by Powell
        I think I detect a bit of an anti-SC bias in your greatest ever list. Excluding Rono, who would presumably have made the list even without his steeplechase exploits, there's only two chasers in that top 30 - Kiptanui and Shaheen.
        Maybe you're right, but this listing is not made of something "analytic". I just put some names which came to my mind - the top-10 are what I'm definitely argumenting for.

        Gaston Roelants could be listed, I think. And Gärderud.
        What about Zdzis?aw Krzyszkowiak? Apart from Rono and Keino, I don't think anyone else was as successful in combining SC with flat distances (at least post-WWII). Olympic champion/ WR holder at 3000SC, and European champion at 5000/10000. That's gotta be worth something.

        And I'm not convinced Gärderud had a better career record than Bronis?aw Malinowski.
        Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        • #19
          Re: The Great Distance Runners

          Ritola was Olympic Champion in the Steeple - not so bad...

          You're definitely right about Krzyszkowiak. And there are arguments for Malinowski ahead of Gärderud, for sure. But an Olympic title and some world records are on the side for Gärderud.

          But as I said, only my top.10 list is where I really stand behind.

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          • #20
            Re: The Great Distance Runners

            Originally posted by said88
            Gaston Roelants could be listed, I think.
            Especially factoring in World Cross Country and marathon, in addition to his track success.

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            • #21
              Re: The Great Distance Runners

              Originally posted by Powell

              And I'm not convinced Gärderud had a better career record than Bronis?aw Malinowski.
              And for sure he also was Olympic champion...! I think he should be ranked ahead of Gärderud

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