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  • Decathlon quiz

    Here is something for real stat geeks:

    "My decathlon world record has long been broken
    My given name may soon be forgotten
    But if you are a true stat geek
    You should know there is a record I still keep"

    Answer should include the decathlete (easy) and what record he still keeping (note that the record is not an official record)

  • #2
    Phil Mulkey?
    It was never recognized.
    Was it at the Kansas Relays?

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    • #3
      From the clue about his given name, I thought it might be Bruce Jenner, but I can't think of any record he still keeps.

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      • #4
        Didn't Jenner have some record for doing the somersault long jump?

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        • #5
          The half hour decathlon?

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          • #6
            Jenner - 2nd day score - he was tough on the second day

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
              Jenner - 2nd day score - he was tough on the second day
              Dave Johnson held (still holds??) the record score for the 2nd day so I don't think it can be that.

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              • #8
                Perhaps it's Bill (William Anthony) Toomey. I think he still holds the world best for the old pentathlon.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Alan Sigmon View Post
                  Perhaps it's Bill (William Anthony) Toomey. I think he still holds the world best for the old pentathlon.
                  He does hold the pentathlon WR still, but what about his given name. I hope that doesn't go away or I'm in trouble.

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                  • #10
                    I crawled around on the Web, and I think I found the answer. If so, then it's not Mulkey, Jenner, Johnson, or Toomey.

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                    • #11
                      Heptathlon clue:
                      We had Germans, English, Swede and JJK
                      All great athletes, needless to say
                      But the one that is sharing my throne
                      Is the one that is all alone
                      Look at the points, look deep
                      What is the record that we both keep?

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                      • #12
                        What's this talk of HEP ?! Your question says DEC !!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
                          What's this talk of HEP ?! Your question says DEC !!
                          Sorry about the confusion.
                          The (unofficial) record that the woman holds in the Heptathlon, is the same as the man hold in the decathlon. Again, the answer to who it is - is simple, the hard part is what is the record.

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                          • #14
                            In that case, my Web-crawling did not lead to the answer.

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                            • #15
                              I figured it out, but I had to look at both dec and hep data in some detail; there's no way I could have answered this off the top of my head.

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