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  • KDFINE
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    In today's N.Y. Times Jere Longman writes: ""His [Centrowitz's] time, 3 minutes 50 seconds ... was roughly the equivalent of a 4:04 mile..."

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  • tandfman
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    How about this:

    >>At the 1980 Moscow Games, her compatriot Miruts Yifter too dominated the 10,000m to such an extent that the late Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland, a subsequent world champion, summed it up beautifully. “Miruts was there till the last lap, he then got on a bike and pedalled away.”<<

    I'm don't really doubt that Eamonn said it, but if I wanted to be sure, I'd call him and ask him. He's very much alive.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/olympi...4dX2zfw8M.html

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  • lonewolf
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    Such careless, ignorant reporting should be a capital offense....ok, corporal offense...
    or, at least, public shaming.

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  • tandfman
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    Here's a good one. The athlete in question is Sandra Perkovic, who won the Rio discus throw:

    >>She started off shakily, with her first five attempts being no throws and not counting in the competition at all. It was her final throw that even counted, but it was good enough for her to win gold. <<

    Yeah, right!

    http://www.sportal.co.nz/article/new...41m94jyff8miqy

    (She did foul her first two and last three, but obviously if she had fouled her first three, that would have been it for her.)

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  • tandfman
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    There's a story in the headline section (scroll down) about Vashti Cunningham. The sub-headline is:

    >>High jumper Vashti Cunningham is the youngest track and field Olympian in the last 36 years<<

    In fact, she isn't even the youngest track and field Olympian this year. (Sydney McLaughlin is more than a year and a half younger.)

    http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/ne...ympic-prodigy/

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  • dj
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    Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
    gh knows I'm his biggest fan !
    Lots of competition for that title!

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  • dukehjsteve
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    gh knows I'm his biggest fan !

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  • wamego relays champ
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    Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
    Clueless writing about our sport is when, in the just-received September issue, on page 10, TRACK & FIELD NEWS ( !!! ) proclaims in a headline,

    " World-Leading 43.74 for Merritt "
    While I’m pretty sure that your comment is just a friendly poke to our favorite magazine, we should be reminded that according to the original poster “clueless writing about our sport” does NOT include, “minor factual errors or things that are incorrect because of a technicality.”

    In this case the story was spot-on, but the headline inexplicably botched.

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  • DrJay
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    Ouch! (You might want to soften that with a smiley-face emoticon....gh works pretty hard at getting things right.)

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  • dukehjsteve
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    Clueless writing about our sport is when, in the just-received September issue, on page 10, TRACK & FIELD NEWS ( !!! ) proclaims in a headline,

    " World-Leading 43.74 for Merritt "

    As Alexander Pope said, " To err is human, to forgive, divine. "
    Last edited by dukehjsteve; 08-08-2016, 12:40 AM.

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  • aaronk
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    Originally posted by Vault-emort View Post
    One of our Aussie articles about 'who to watch in athletics at the Games' a week or so back included Bolt and the usual suspects. It also said our discus thrower, Benn Harradine, would not be a medal favourite but would be interesting to watch as he wears all kinds of bizarre body-suits in competition and would be interesting to see what he chose for Rio..

    Ummmm...
    They've said the same things about Maggie Vessey and other women!!
    Remember Flojo's outfits?

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  • Vault-emort
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    One of our Aussie articles about 'who to watch in athletics at the Games' a week or so back included Bolt and the usual suspects. It also said our discus thrower, Benn Harradine, would not be a medal favourite but would be interesting to watch as he wears all kinds of bizarre body-suits in competition and would be interesting to see what he chose for Rio..

    Ummmm...

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  • cubehead
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    Who really cares...it's something called the Rare Disease Report...its not The New York Times...do you spend all day looking for obscure references?

    Besides it's not at that link anyways..I had to search for it. And that was a waste of time.
    Last edited by cubehead; 08-03-2016, 02:50 AM.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Why would Merritt say that?
    Well, to be honest, he IS on the team . . . as an alternate.

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by cubehead View Post
    Merritt most likely told them he had.
    Why would Merritt say that?

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