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 The Top 25 Moments In Track and Field
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:38 am
USATF is running a review of the top 25 moments in track and field, as voted by fans. Only the past 25 years were considered, so some obvious choices like Jesse Owens' 1936 Berlin Olympics victory didn't make the cut. Michael Johnson's 1996 eye-popping world record in the 200m topped the list. Even Johnson himself couldn't believe the time of 19.32, which according to the IAAF's decathlon scoring tables equates to 9.72 for 100 meters. The other moments in the top 25 come from an interesting mix of eras and disciplines. It's a good source of track and field nostalgia for the running geek.


Rickshaw
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My take Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:59 am 

In my personal perspective, USATF's top 25 list is a bit surprising. I think a "great moment" must be something more than a new world record, it must be something that gets people talking and inspires them to push their limits. Why are are some great moments like Beardsley and Salazar's 1982 Boston Marathon duel not even on the list? And why limit it to just 25 years of running history?

If you open it up to all great running moments with no time limit, these ones would definitely make my list:

* Native American Billy Mills' sensational 10,000m victory at the 1964 Olympics
* Beardsley and Salazar's duel in the sun at the 1982 Boston Marathon
* Joan Benoit's victory at the first-ever women's Olympic marathon in 1984
* Alan Webb's 2001 high school mile record of 3:53, breaking Jim Ryun's 36-year-old record
* The dramatic 2004 women's Olympic marathon, and Deena Kastor's bronze medal finish
* Julie Moss staggering and crawling to the finish line of the 1982 Ironman Triathlon World Championships


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