Great memories of the best Budd years!!
As a teen, there was none better....at least in the women's department!!
(The African Revolution was yet to occur then!!)
Times of 3:59.96, 4:17.57, 5:33.15, 8:28.83, and 14:48.07.
Times that ANY female would be happy with....in their CAREER!!
But what set Budd apart.....
and the reason I say she was then better than Mary Cain is right now....
is WHO she ran against!!
She didn't shy away from the real HUGE international stars of the mid-80's....
Slaney, Kristiansen, Puica, Murray, Sly et al!!
She ran in the BIG races....and WON...in record times!!
Cain is FANTASTIC.....but she has yet to race the SUPERSTARS of her events.
Dibaba IS a superstar....but she's the ONLY one Cain has run in the same race with.....so far!!
Of course, Mary is just getting started in her "pro" career....and while I give all due respect to Sheila Reid, Sarah Bowman Brown, Abbey D'Agostino, Trenier Moser et al.....they are (not yet!!) anywhere near the stature of a Kristiansen or Puica or Slaney at their best!!
I will, of course, be following Cain's OUTdoor races with the utmost anticipation!!