Most successful track athletes who started late.


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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby dj » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:11 am

Bruce Kritzler wrote:A guy at work told me he ran (high school or college) track in Nebraska against Mel Pender?


Something's wrong with the telling. Pender never ran high school or collegiate track. Grew up in Georgia before entering the Army.

I suspect your friend was running track in college and actually ran against Pender's contemporary, Charlie Greene, who tied the 100y WR while at Nebraska, 1964-67.

Or, your friend ran Pender in an open race.
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby Tuariki » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:36 am

dj wrote:
Bruce Kritzler wrote:A guy at work told me he ran (high school or college) track in Nebraska against Mel Pender?


Something's wrong with the telling. Pender never ran high school or collegiate track. Grew up in Georgia before entering the Army.

I suspect your friend was running track in college and actually ran against Pender's contemporary, Charlie Greene, who tied the 100y WR while at Nebraska, 1964-67.

Or, your friend ran Pender in an open race.

That's correct. If Kritzler's friend ran against Mel in Nebraska it would have been when Mel was competing on the All-Army Track team during the 1960s.

Mel got his college degree while in the Army. Interestingly Charlie Greene was transferred to West Point when Pender and I were there. I think it was 1976 when Charlie arrived, about the same time as Mel retired. Charlie was a Captain and the equivalent of the Human Resources Manager for the regular Army personnel at West Point.
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby AS » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Aussie sub-10 man Patrick Johnson didn't start competing until 23, and remains oldest man to break 10s for the first time (140 days short of 31 years old). He was still running 10.18 at 37 years of age. He spent some portion of his childhood living on a boat (a fishing trawler)...
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby fasttrack85 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:36 pm

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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby fasttrack85 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:43 pm

No one mentioned Adam Gemili. He was mainly a soccer player and said he didn't really take track seriously until age 17. While that is still a fairly young age he ran 10.05 in just one year of part time training. I think that is impressive.


Off on my quest now to prepare for Rio 2016. :D
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby doug5321 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:05 am

jack foster started running at age 33 ran 2:11 at 41 and 2:20 in the marathon at age 50. http://stevequick.blogspot.com/2010/02/ ... leage.html
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:38 am

doug5321 wrote:jack foster started running at age 33 ran 2:11 at 41 and 2:20 in the marathon at age 50. http://stevequick.blogspot.com/2010/02/ ... leage.html


Already mentioned Foster.
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Re: Most successful track athletes who started late.

Postby Spickard » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:55 pm

Not sure if you are limiting this to track-only athletes, but Donald Thomas learned to high jump in 2006 and was World Champion in 2007. Not too shabby.
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