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    Last night Serena Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in the semifinal of the Australian Open, making her yet again fall short of Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles.

    Margaret Court -- tennis!

    Which other athletes have names related to their sport?

    Is there an arm wrestler out there named Armstrong? A sprinter named Speed?

    A basketball player named Dunkin? Yes! Tony Dunkin played 4 seasons for Coastal Carolina, was named conference player of the year all 4 seasons, but never made it to the NBA. He spent some time in the CBA and Europe before retiring.

    Who else can you think of? Athletes who specifically changed their name to match something about their sport don't count.
    Last edited by 18.99s; 02-18-2021, 11:23 PM.

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    I'm sure you'll find at least one thread on this in historical forum, if not here, but in the '70s there was a delightful conglomeration of "world-class high jumpers who could jump off themselves":

    Dwight Stones
    Tom Woods
    Benn Fields
    Juri Tarmak

    (may have been one more)

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    • #3
      James Jett: sprinter, 1992 Olympics 4x100m gold medalist and wide receiver in the NFL

      Nathan Leeper: high jumper, 2000 Olympics

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gh View Post
        I'm sure you'll find at least one thread on this in historical forum, if not here
        Yes, they have mostly been suggested within the numerous "Favorite Names" threads, including this one that included my favorite, hurdler Marina Stepanova.

        https://forum.trackandfieldnews.com/...at-track-names

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        • #5
          The obvious one - Bolt!

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            Luz Long, long jump, Berlin 1936
            Last edited by Tuariki; 02-19-2021, 03:06 AM.

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            • #7
              Carmelita Jeter?

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              • #8
                Canadian Olympic distance runner Nancy Tinari. Her last name spelled backwards is "I ran it."

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                • #9
                  How about Just'N Thymes (https://usctrojans.com/sports/track-...-n-thymes/5828)

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                  • #10
                    Miles Batty, a miler who ran 3:54.54 indoors

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
                      Miles Batty, a miler who ran 3:54.54 indoors
                      Yep, that's the one.
                      You gotta be Batty to want to run all those miles
                      Says the avowed field eventer

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tuariki View Post
                        Luz Long, long jump, Berlin 1936
                        Of course, when he took up the event it was called the Broad Jump.

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                        • #13
                          I've always thought wide receiver Fair Hooker was in the wrong sport- should have been a golfer.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post

                            Of course, when he took up the event it was called the Broad Jump.
                            If there was ever a misogynistic name for an athletic event, this was it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

                              If there was ever a misogynistic name for an athletic event, this was it.
                              I don't remember when the Broad Jump became the Long Jump but when we competed in the Broad Jump 70 years ago, I don't recall that ever crossed my mind until the name was changed. . BTW, who changed the name?

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