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  • Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

    At one time I recall reading that he had run an 800M race or two, but I can't find any reference to it.

    I would expect a 400M hurdler to be better equipped to run the 800 than the flat sprinters, simply because of the extra stamina needed for the hurdles.

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    Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

    I think Harald SCHMID (47"48) was a 1'44" and
    something 800m runner... which remains an
    international level time...

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    • #3
      Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

      In that same era, didn't David Patrick run some quality 800 meters?

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      • #4
        Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

        >In that same era, didn't David Patrick run some quality 800 meters?

        He was national TAC champ in 1983 I think !

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        • #5
          Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

          Looks like I stumped the experts at last!

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          • #6
            Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

            >
            I think Harald SCHMID (47"48) was a 1'44" and
            something 800m runner...
            >which remains an
            international level time...

            Yes you are correct that Schmid was a 1:44 guy...

            He ran 1:44.84 in 1979 (Zurich) and then 1:44.83 in 1983 (Koblenz) (he also ran the 200m in 20.68s and the 400m in 44.92s, so he's got some all-round, impressive pr's)

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            • #7
              Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

              In 1983, Moses ran 1:48.98 for the 800m.

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              • #8
                Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                <In that same era, didn't David Patrick run some quality 800 meters?>

                I am pretty sure I remember him running 800 at the '85 WC with David Mack.
                "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                • #9
                  Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                  There was no WC in '85.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                    Sorry, '83.
                    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                    • #11
                      Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                      FWIW, I don't recall Moses ever running even a non-serious 800. Not many guys with 13.64 high hurdle credentials do.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                        I saw Moses run a supposed 600 at an indoor meet at the Cow Palace in SF. The officals miscounted the laps, so Edwin, being a bright guy, stopped running after the 600. The rest of the field continued on for whatever the distance turned out to be (I can't remember the track size). That was not a very much lamented meet when it died. There are NO good seats in the CP.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                          So, given Harald Schmid's example, why have so few 400M runners (hurdlers or flatties) moved up to the 800? It seems to me that a sub-48 hurdler should be able to string a couple of 50 second laps together. Especially if he is coached by Coach Barnet!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                            Joey Woody ran the 800 quite a bit while in college. The top U.S. 400 hurdler for several years in the late 60s, Ron Whitney, started off as an 800 runner.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Did Edwin Moses ever run a serious 800?

                              dude, why would they move up?

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