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  • Trickstat
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    One thing that race clip reminds me of is the excessive number of major European nations in those days that wore predominantly blue*, which often made races in European Champs and Cup finals quite confusing to watch.

    *in particular the GDR, France, Italy and Finland. In later years than 1974, Yugoslavia wore a darker blue than here to add to the problem.

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  • 79
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    Makhloufi had this type of sudden acceleration at the London 2012 OG, the last 200m of his 1500m race...
    A visual shock then

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  • Olli
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    I am pretty sure it is pronounced as written (Sušanj), with š corresponding to sh in English and nj meaning palatalized n.

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  • noone
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    I believe his last name is pronounced SooSHAHNee.

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  • Olli
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    It is also interesting to follow Markku Taskinen's progress from the last place to the bronze. However, this remained Taskinen's best international achievement, alongside the bronze in 4x400m in the same games and gold in 1978 indoor EC.

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  • NotDutra5
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    I recall reading about the race in T&FN but first time I've seen the video. I think this was the first time I recall hearing about Ovett....at least to the point that I would take note of him.

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  • 79
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    What a finish! He was flyin'...

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  • Jacksf
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    Came across this race again on youtube - so impressive!!

    http://www.archeologiadellosport.it/EUROPEAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 1974 ROMERACCOLTA CAMPIONATI EUROPEI ROMA 1974https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK1...

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  • oldtimer2
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    Thanks for this info on Susanj and prompting me to watch this race. What a talent. Too bad he didn't continue.

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  • deanouk
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    This is a short summary of what happened to Susanj's career, courtesy of a friend's comment on Youtube: -

    "Luciano Sušanj was a Croation/Yugoslavian 400m runner who stepped up to 800m in the early 70's,taking his one lap speed into the longer distance with astonishing results...this was one of the greatest 800 finishes ever (WR holder Fiasconaro was in the final).After this he sadly didn't? have time to train properly (he was in the army) and instead of giving Juantorena a run for his money in the 76 Olympics 800 final he only came in 6th.He retired afterwards and I think later became a Croatian MP."

    This is about the extent of my knowledge on him.

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  • Gebrucilassie
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    I have to admit I should have thought of wikipedia but I didn't. I just wish I could interest the young guys I work with to check out these great runners from the past! :?

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  • tandfman
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    Originally posted by Jacksf
    Seems he sort of gave up the sport after this race....
    He's currently the President of the Croation t&f federation.

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  • Jacksf
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    WOW - I've never seen anything like that before! Very impressive.
    Here is some information about him and his career. Seems he sort of gave up the sport after this race....
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Sušanj

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  • Gebrucilassie
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    Originally posted by deanouk
    I'd say it's somewhere between 25.8 and 26.0.
    This is what I wrote on another (shortened) version of the same race on Youtube.

    "Although it looks fast, it's due to the rest of the field slowing dramatically. It's probably about 26.0. I had a look at Foster's 5000m win at the same meet on same track & he covered the part of the track from the 200m line to the join on the inside between grass & synthetic in 2.6 secs. In this race Susanj is seen at this point in 1:20.3. I'd say he was moving faster than Foster & covered it in c.2.3. That means he'd have hit 200m to go in 1:18.0, giving? him about 26.0 for last 200."

    On further delving I then wrote:-

    "Just read? an account of the race from Athletics Weekly, which had Fiasconaro going through 600m in 77.6, with Susanj 5th about 5m behind. That's about 0.6-0.7 in time. So his 600m time would have been about 1:18.2/1:18.3, and a final 200m of 25.8/25.9."

    Hope that helps.
    Cheers.
    Thank you Deanouk! That race must have been considered un-worldly for the time it is run! Based off the video, he would at the very least still be competative in many races today 38 years later!
    I had heard of Susanj but didn't really know much about him. I tried looking for a bio on the iaaf website but was unsuccessful finding any. Besides results for Montreal I have not found any. Can you shed some light on his career?

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  • catson52
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    Re: Luciano Susanj 1974

    Certainly looked like a great run and must be one of the biggest margins of victory in a Championship 800/880 race. I looked again at the Montreal (76) 800 final and concentrated on where Susanj was in it. Juantorena's fantastic front running did everyone in, the only beneficiary being Van Damme, who held back somewhat. Singh could have placed one or two spots higher, if he had not made a wild dash to the front at 350-400 m.

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