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  • Only one correct answer . . . I hope

    Now there can only be one correct answer to this question (fingers-crossed):
    What 17 year old (10 days short of 18th birthday) set a world record in a track & field event??

    (Not an obscure athlete, nor some oddball event)

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    John Thomas, indoors in 1959.

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    • #3
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      J.T. now an AD at a Boston CC. Says that after he jumped 7' at Millrose his coach gave him a ten spot for burgers.

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        And Thomas Ray(GB), pole vault 'wr' in 1879. Many women set records at 17 or younger - Meyfarth, Neufville, etc. Age 15 was youngest - Carolein Gisolf, 5'3" hj in 1928.

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          Here's a good trivia: what 17-y-old set a wr (standard event) in the mid-1990s? Went unnoticed by many, maybe (good hint as to the event)..

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            >Here's a good trivia: what 17-y-old set a wr (standard event) in the
            >mid-1990s? Went unnoticed by many, maybe (good hint as to the event)..




            I'm guessing it's one of the Chinese women in the prelims/semis in Beijing '93.

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            • #7
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              Yes, John Thomas, 7ft. 1 and 1/4 inches, indoors.

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                yes, Chinese - but not a runner...

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                • #9
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                  Zhong Guiqing, pole vault (4.08, 5/18/95)(b.7/77)
                  Record was bettered 3 days later..

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