On further review: I guess my best list is that I have worked competitions with eight of the top ten all time LJers, missing only #8 Saladino and #10 Tsatoumas. On the other hand, I have only worked three of the top ten women, #2 JJK, #9 Jones and # 20 Reese. Men TJ, worked six of top 11. Womens TJ, have to go all the way down to #16 Tricia Smith.
Yeah, I was thinking (although this goes against the spirit of true elitism) the only way us non globe-trotting types could compete was if there was a US or North America only list. Mine might have looked decent around 1 jan 2002.
It's not as clear as all that, Jon. For one thing, this is one of those areas where British and American usage have differed; the standard practice here used to be to include the apostrophe. I don't believe that was ever the case in the UK.
Most style manuals that discuss this question at all say that in the US, the apostrophe was once widely used, but the trend has recently been to omit it. Like most people, I generally write the language as I learned it, although matters of spelling and usage do sometimes change over the years.
In this case, the one style manual that I most respect and refer to when in doubt (Wilson Follett's Modern American Usage) acknowledges the trend mentioned above, but continues to follow the traditional practice of including the apostrophe. That book has not been updated since the 1998 edition. It's possible that if a new edition were published, it would follow the more contemporary practice. But that's speculative.
What's fact is that most of the books on American usage that deal with this issue at all mention the trend, but do not proscribe the traditional usage. Given that the latest edition of Follett still uses the apostrophe, I'm sticking with that. I'll grant that the omission of the apostrophe is not wrong, but the use of the apostrophe isn't wrong either, at least on this side of the pond.
Having looked at this topic for years, this is the first time I've ever posted to it. Due to my lack of attendance in recent years (I could claim only to be the European Inertia champion) my PRs are pretty hopless, except for 2 events which are better than anything anyone has posted - namely 22.63 in the W-SP, and 7.52 in the W-LJ. Other bests are too feeble for me to report.
I just updated my own list (the first post on this thread). I picked up a decent number of new ones this year, more than in recent years, I think. Most from Daegu, but also Bekele's 10,000 in Brussels, and Tamgho's WIR in Paris.
'Tis the season. I've updated the list in the post that started this thread. This year, I picked up a few good ones in London, of course, and I suspect that most of my friends who play this as a competitive game kept pace. They even gained on me in an odd way--I had seen the women's 4x100 WR in 1985 in Canberra. When that mark fell in London, my PR became a tie with that of 80,000 other people. I did pick up a good one later in the season--was fortunate enough to have been in Brussels and saw the 110H WR.
Never been to an OG or WC, and never been outside North America, but attended MANY meets from 1962 through 2002, so here's some memorable marks/races I witnessed in person (not on TV).
BOTH HSR's in the mile by Jim Ryun (3:55.3 in 1965) and Alan Webb (3:53.43 in 2001). A "WR" in the 6 mile by Billy Mills and Gerry Lindgren in 1965 (27:11.6). Leslie Maxie's still-standing HSR in the 400H (55.20) in 1984. Ron Clarke's 2-day double of a 5K in 13:25 and a 10K in 28:13 (1966??). Vicki Huber's CR of 8:47.35 in the 3000. Gerry Lindgren's 1964 10K victory against the Russians just after graduating high school!! Peter Snell's 3:54.9 mile when he destroyed the field with a 24.5 final 220 yards!!! Gerry Lindgren's indoor HSR of 8:46, when he challenged the great Gaston Roelants, who won in 8:41.
Some of the more memorable ATHLETES I've seen (but can't remember specific times/marks I saw them make) are:
Maria Mutola, Lance Deal, Al Feuerbach, Bob Hayes, Henry Carr, Henry Marsh, Annette Peters, Bob Seagren, the great El G, Murray Halberg, Bob Schul, Dyrol Burleson, Ulis Williams, and too many others to list!!