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  • #16
    Re: Greatest Track Athletes of Any Century

    >>Daniel Bautista in the walks, esp. the 1976

    What did he do, invent a new way
    >to cheat?

    Yawn. Oh, excuse me. Did you say something?


    • #17
      Re: Greatest Track Athletes of Any Century

      Jackie Joyner-Kersee for several reasons...

      7,291 pts, the top six performances of all time in the heptathlon (all over 7,000 - a barrier that only one other person has managed to break), 284 points ahead of her nearest rival on the all-time lists (Larisa Nikitina-Turchinskaya), second and third on the all-time lists for the Long Jump with her two 7.49m jumps (just 3cm behind the world record), beating Heike Drechsler's best legal jump.

      Her personal bests are:

      100mh - 12.61s
      HJ - 1.93m
      SP - 16.84m
      200m - 22.30s
      LJ - 7.49m
      JT - 50.11m
      800m - 2:08.51

      Potential total score - 7654 (!!!!!!!!)

      Such was her dominance, that in the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis, she could have not run the 800m and would still have won! Of course, she did run and broke the world record (7215) before going on to break it again at the 88 Olympic Games.

      As for longevity - she has plenty! After narrowly missing out on the 1984 Olympic Gold by 5 points, she continued to improve until she broke the WR for the first time in 1986 (7148). Her scores continued to world class standard, right through to 1993, where she scored 6837 (then aged 31) in Stuttgart. Her last heptathlon attempt was at the 1996 Olympic Games and although she withdrew with an injury, she would have had a very good chance at a medal.

      Surely JJK has to be a VERY strong contender for greatest athlete of all time....?