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    Here is something kuha pointed out to me....

    This video has the odd title...

    Jim Bailey Runs 3:58 Mile, Sets New American Record (1956)

    Of course Bailey is Australian so it wouldn't be called an American record now..but I vaguely remember that what we now call all comer records were then called American records.

    Any idea when this practice stopped....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RxL34RzcH8

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    1966. Before then the AAU wrote the "American Record" could be set by any U.S. citizen anywhere in the world, or by a foreign athlete competing in the U.S. However, what is now called the AR was then referred to as the "citizen's record" and was listed in parentheses if there was a superior mark made on U.S. soil.

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    • #3
      Thanks dj...

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      • #4
        I'm curious did Delaney always have that odd short choppy stride? Landy looks marvelous....

        PS watched the 1956 Olympic Final...same stride and won....still very odd.
        Last edited by Conor Dary; 08-24-2017, 02:22 AM.

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        • #5
          Didn't Wes Santee also have a fairly short, choppy stride?

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          • #6
            Nothing like Delaney I recall offhand......only one I can think of with a similar style is the infamous Gabe Jennings...

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