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This really is an astonishing screw-up and the responsible officials need to be tarred and feathered. I can just see the media's response at the NEXT world record in athletetics... "You say Bekele did 12:34 and Wariner ran 43.06 last night? Fine, that sounds good in theory, but of course we won't sa...
by Alf Shrubb
Mon May 22, 2006 2:09 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Gatlin "equals" the world 100m record!
Replies: 19
Views: 4915

I've been amused--if that's the right word--by various outbreaks of "enthusiasm" over the years for ultra-distance running as the "next" challenge beyond marathons. I don't take any of that very seriously and agree with the above poster... In my opinion, the marathon is perfectly fine as a truly ath...
by Alf Shrubb
Sun May 07, 2006 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Is 26 miles still the ultimate challenge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Began going to Zurich in 1990, and have only missed 2 or 3 since then. Have also been to Brussels about 4 or 5 times (including the great '97 meet); as well as 2 to 4 visits each to Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Rome, Lausanne, London, and...well, that's about all I can remember...
by Alf Shrubb
Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: What meets have you gone to?
Replies: 15
Views: 2910

Got ya; we're in agreement. Why can't everyone be as sensible as we are?!? :shock: :!:
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: Classic moments
Replies: 76
Views: 33529

I think that there has always been a certain 'romanticism' surrounding the 4 minute mile. If you read any of the books on the subject they portray a wonderful nostalgia of a handful of athletes from different nations chasing a holy grail, none really being certain that it was actually possible. Min...
by Alf Shrubb
Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: Classic moments
Replies: 76
Views: 33529

I think that there has always been a certain 'romanticism' surrounding the 4 minute mile. If you read any of the books on the subject they portray a wonderful nostalgia of a handful of athletes from different nations chasing a holy grail, none really being certain that it was actually possible. Min...
by Alf Shrubb
Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:14 am
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: Classic moments
Replies: 76
Views: 33529

"The field wasn't made up of top class milers." In the above "defense" of Bannister's first sub-4 race, this sentence is quite amusing. As we all know, and know well, this race was very carefully hand-picked by Bannister and his camp for his big effort. Bannister didn't want ANY competition on that ...
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: Classic moments
Replies: 76
Views: 33529

Minerva: Thanks for the reports.

A question for you: I assume that this track was built in the MCG just for this meet and will be removed immediately afterwards. Is that correct? It's my understanding that there hasn't been a track in that stadium since the '56 Olympics... Thanks!
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The CWG for Dummies
Replies: 85
Views: 12027

A serious question... I have a medal from the 1905 World Cross Country meet that may be either some sort of team medal or an individual one. Does anyone have any examples of medals from these early meets that we might be able to compare? Thanks. You should...ahh...send...send me the medal, see. Tha...
by Alf Shrubb
Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: International Cross Country Championships 1903 to 1972
Replies: 11
Views: 4096

A serious question... I have a medal from the 1905 World Cross Country meet that may be either some sort of team medal or an individual one. Does anyone have any examples of medals from these early meets that we might be able to compare? Thanks.
by Alf Shrubb
Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:56 pm
 
Forum: Flashback
Topic: International Cross Country Championships 1903 to 1972
Replies: 11
Views: 4096

A brilliant strategy on Geb's part to lull the competition into a false sense of security! He'll amble thru the half marathon distance in 1:03 and then rip a 1:01 to both win AND demolish the WR! Well, a nice idea anyway...

:lol:
by Alf Shrubb
Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Geb Bypassing WR Bid in London
Replies: 28
Views: 3395

I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I think we have too many championship meets already--they are definitely devalued and the general public pays precious little attention to any of them (in the US at least). I'd most definitely not make the European Champs every 2 years; keep them at every 4 yea...
by Alf Shrubb
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:19 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: European Champs - every 2 years or 4?
Replies: 15
Views: 6826

"Flying Finn you're nuts '', I have to agree with marknhj. Why would you prefer a rabbited race over a tactical run? It's way more interesting to see what the guys without a sprint finish try and do to speed up the pace." Ah, there's the rub! In obvious fact, "the guys without a sprint finish" did N...
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: WAF - Benjamin shines in poorly-attended event for Brits
Replies: 21
Views: 6498

I've only read the results of today's meet (haven't seen any TV--I live in a barbaric country where such things aren't televised). It sure seems that everyone is tired... A 1:47 800?? What in the world is that all about? I know that the point in meets such as this is winning, but I reserve the right...
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:40 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: WAF - Benjamin shines in poorly-attended event for Brits
Replies: 21
Views: 6498

I'd vote for Coe over Ovett, if it's for the best British miler. Coe's '84 Olympic win really clinches it for him... Ovett had incredible talent, there's no question--if he had been alone in that era, we'd certainly view him as even greater than we now do... I'll go with what I believe is still the ...
by Alf Shrubb
Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:28 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Who is the greates miler ever ?
Replies: 27
Views: 11047

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