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Re: Great Doublers

Postby Guest » Wed May 07, 2003 2:20 pm

Thanks for the exact numbers David. I also seem to recall that Gail took an unusaully high number of jumps when he set the high school indoor record. Something like 3 attempts at 6'4", 3 at 6'6", and many more misses on the way to a 7'5" clearance. Can you shed some specifics on this? Thanks.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby Guest » Wed May 07, 2003 4:53 pm

And Wint.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby Guest » Wed May 07, 2003 5:27 pm

What about?
Maria Mutola 800/1500
John Walker 1.44 800m/3.32 1500m/7.37 3k
Marion Jones 100/200
Ron Clarke 5k/10k
Murray Halberg Mile/5k/10k

Unusal Double: national rep/rec holder in trip jump and weight lifting.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby gh » Wed May 07, 2003 8:53 pm

>I still want someone to tell me about Billy
>Cannon ( All American HB ) and his 100/SP
>exploits in the SEC meet back about 1960. I
>think he won both !>>

>I still want someone to tell me about Billy
>Cannon ( All American HB ) and his 100/SP
>exploits in the SEC meet back about 1960. I
>think he won both !>>

Cannon won the '59 Heisman as LSU senior; in the '60 SEC meet he wasn't in first 5 in either event.

In '69, wasn't in first 2 in the 100, was 3rd in the shot.

Don't have results of his soph-year SEC at hand.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby Per Andersen » Wed May 07, 2003 10:22 pm

Irina Privalova: Sprints-400h-Speedskating.
Janis Lusis : Javelin - Decathlon.
Joaquim Cruz: 800 - 1500 (As good as Seb in the 800 in my book)
Steve Cram 800 - 1500
Herb McKenley 100-200-400
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Thu May 08, 2003 6:04 am

Regarding Billy Cannon, as usual thanks Gary. I now remember there is a picture of him in the blocks in an old T&FN, so he must have been half decent. If I get energetic I'll do some issue by issue research tonight.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Thu May 08, 2003 6:05 am

and as to the '60 SEC, I am sure he had signed a pro football contract so did not compete that spring.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby gh » Thu May 08, 2003 6:49 am

Cannon ran 9.5/9.4w and threw the shot 54-4 1/2.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Thu May 08, 2003 7:29 am

Garry, you are amazing, and so was Cannon ! Thank you.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby billthedog » Thu May 08, 2003 9:18 am

>Janis Lusis : Javelin
>- Decathlon.
Bob Richards: Pole vault, decathlon
Rafer Johnson: broad jump (1960 Olympic team member)(and a million other events), decathlon
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby gh » Thu May 08, 2003 10:22 am

This couldn't happen now that weightlifting has changed the nature of the throws so drastically, but how about Michigan's Bill Watson?

In 1938 NCAA he was 1st in the LJ, 3rd in the SP and 4th in the DT? And the next year finished 4-2-2.

Hard to imagine his not winning the Olympic decathlon in '40 or '44 had he had the chance.

You know what, Watson is so great I'm going to start his own thread for him.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby billthedog » Thu May 08, 2003 10:23 am

Les Steers was 54th in the world (205-2 7/8) in the javelin in 1941, the year he set the world record at 6-11.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby billthedog » Sat May 17, 2003 8:04 am

How about high jump and gate crashing? Connie Varneck, a 6-5 jumper who was around for many years (he tried the decathlon at Tulare as late as 1950 and was in a multiple tie for third in the nationals in 1951), was a notorious gate crasher. So notorious that, it's said, he was not allowed into Stanford athletic events even when he showed a legitimate ticket. And once, again it is said, invited to participate in a New York indoor meet he couldn't resist the temptation to crash the gate at Madison Square Garden and so put his athlete's pass in his pocket and slipped through. A fellow alumnus of Peninsula School in Menlo Park.
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby gh » Sat May 17, 2003 8:39 am

Bert Nelson used to tell the story that Varneck was very uncomfortable with a pole, so in some decathlons he was happy just to run down the runway, drop the pole and hop over the bar and be satisfied with a 6ft "vault."
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Re: Great Doublers

Postby Guest » Sat May 17, 2003 2:10 pm

Obvious ones:

LJ/100: Carl Lewis

LJ/100H: JJK
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