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Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Fri May 09, 2003 8:32 pm

Here's a fun one to kick around--what is THE or at least ONE of the most stunning single performances in track & field history? The "stunning" quality could be either because of an upset or because of pure performance. Here's a few of my favorite: Obviously Bob Beamon's WR in '68 OG (even if it was aided by the altitude),and since I am partial to distance running--Billy Mills taking unexpected gold in the 1964 OG 10K in Tokyo and Gerry Lindgren upsetting the Russian 10K veterans in the USA Vs Russia dual meet @ the LA Coliseum in 1964. I am partial to this last one as I was there to see it...Lindgren broke away early with about 10 laps to go and quickly built up a huge lead and kept adding to it as we stood and cheered --caught up perhaps in the cold war hysteria of the day.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby joel » Fri May 09, 2003 9:49 pm

Wang Junxia breaks the 10k, 5k, and 3k WRs...in the same race.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Fri May 09, 2003 10:37 pm

I was fairly stunned when Jonathan Edwards broke the triple jump record twice in one competition.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Sat May 10, 2003 7:07 am

Dave Wottle in 1972

Randy Matson breaking 70'

Bob Hayes anchor leg in 1964

MJ's 19.32 in Atlanta

Ben Eastman's 46.4

Paula Radcliffe's 2:15

Ronaldo Nehemiah's 12.92

Thousands of high school performances over the years, as when the 4:32 miler suddenly runs a 4:17.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby billthedog » Sat May 10, 2003 9:19 am

Torrance's 57-1
Dumas' 7-1/2
Oerter's fourth winning throw
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby billthedog » Sat May 10, 2003 9:24 am

Or McMillen's second place in 1952 (to say nothing of Barthel's victory)
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Sat May 10, 2003 9:36 am

These responses are fun...Rich, I like all yours and billthedog, we can trust you to take us back into the 40's and 50's...my brother saw Dumas do his 7-0.5 in the U.S. Olympic Trials,1956 in the LA Coliseum. So many great marks set there...too bad it is no more. One more tidbit--who remembers the class high jumper that day who had an off day and didn't make the team? Ernie Shelton. After failing to clear 6-9...
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Per Andersen » Sat May 10, 2003 4:05 pm

Vladimir Kuts burying the 5000m field at the '54 Euro Champs in Berne and setting a stunning new W-Rec at 13.56.6. Then later that year Chataway beating Kuts by 2 feet lowering the record to 13.51.
Pat Matzdorf beating Brumel's record.
Sandor Iharos in 1955.
Forest Towns running 13.7 in Oslo in '36 when the record was 14.1.
Lou Jones and Jim Lea in the Pan American Games in Mexico City, 45.4 and 45.6 when Rhoden held the record at 45.8.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby parkerclay » Sat May 10, 2003 4:11 pm

Mike Powell's 29'4 1/2 deserves some consideration, Walter George's 4:12.8 back in 1884 had to stun some. MJ and Beamon have to be near the top. Ron Clarke's big 5k record and Hohn's 343'10 are also outstanding. Zatopek's 3 golds in '52 are incredible
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Sat May 10, 2003 4:20 pm

As pure stunners go, how about FloJo's 10.49 at the '88 Trials. Murky now, sure, but go back and remember how stunned you were when you saw it, or heard of it.

Speaking of Indianopolis stunners, how about Carl Lewis's almost 30-foot leap?
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby billthedog » Sat May 10, 2003 4:31 pm

Glenn Davis 49.5 in the same meet as Dumas's 7 feet.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Mon May 12, 2003 10:25 am

Matzdorf's 7" 6 1/4" WR, and Yashchenko's 7 '7 3'4" WR, the last in a Junior dual meet between USA and USSR.

Both totally, repeat totally, unexpected.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Bob H » Mon May 12, 2003 11:02 am

>Matzdorf's 7" 6 1/4" WR, and Yashchenko's 7 '7 3'4" WR, the last in a Junior dual meet between
USA and USSR. Both totally, repeat totally,
unexpected.<

I saw both of those performances and although both were unexpected, it was Yashchenko's that I would choose as the more stunning of the two.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Mon May 12, 2003 11:07 am

Bob, what were the PR's of Matzdorf and Yashchenko previously ? I remember that Yashchenko really got into new territory but how about Pat ?
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Mon May 12, 2003 3:08 pm

If we're talking about the HJ how about Wessig's 2.36m at Moscow in 1980 and Rudolph Povarnitsin being the first to jump 2.40m?

Edwards's 18.29m certainly and Powell's 8.95m. However, I can't see how MJ's 19.32 can be beaten.
FloJo's 10.49 shouldn't still be on the books so shouldn't count.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby trackstar » Mon May 12, 2003 4:57 pm

>However, I
>can't see how MJ's 19.32 can be beaten.

Yeah, I was speechless after watching that. Knocking more than .3 off of a sprint record is insane.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby racewalker » Tue May 13, 2003 4:31 am

Bautista's 1976 Oly 20km walk win. Light years ahead of everyone else.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby jsquire » Tue May 13, 2003 4:39 am

Of things I've seen (on TV), Johnson's 19.32 wins easily. I WAS stunned when I saw it. But he didn't run so fast that they changed the rules.

Hohn's 104.80 JT did. If it's not the most "stunning" performance, it's got to be near the top of the list.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby gh » Tue May 13, 2003 4:57 am

>>However, I
>can't see how MJ's 19.32 can be
>beaten.

Yeah, I was speechless after watching
>that. Knocking more than .3 off of a sprint
>record is insane.>>

If 0.3 off a sprint record is the criterion, then it's obvious that Tommie Smith (my choice to beat MJ in a 200 anyday) is clearly the winner. He lowered the straightaway record from 20.0 to 19.5 (i do believe that's 0.5) in a single race.

And he didn't have the juice of the Olympics or the altitude of Atlanta to help him.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 7:19 am

a 19.32 on a curve at the Olympics is much more impressive than a hand-timed 19.5 on a straightaway course (taking nothing away from Smith's ability)
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby gh » Tue May 13, 2003 7:51 am

whether the race was on a curve/straight and hand/auto timed isn't relevant to my comment, as the previous records were under similar conditions. The previous poster suggested that an 0.3 cutting of a sprint record was insane. So I provided an example of somehting even more insane, under tougher conditions (relatively speaking). I wasn't addressing the "greatness" of the Smith mark vs. the Johnson one.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby parkerclay » Tue May 13, 2003 11:39 am

the fact that the 19.5h could have easily been an auto 19.80 makes a big difference and the size of the meet makes a difference as well. For instance, what would be more stunning. Allen Johnson running a 12.6h at the Mt. Sac Relays or Allen Johnson running a 12.71 to win the Olympic Gold in Athens??
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 11:52 am

This article states that 200m straight times are between .3 and .4 seconds faster than a 200m curve time. For argument's sake, let's take the 19.5h add .35 (the average) to it, 19.85h then add another .15 for hand-time adjustment and we have 20.00. A great time, especially in 1965, but nowhere close to MJ's 19.32 from 1996. Not as stunning and especially not as great. Does Tommie Smith's 19.5h deserve mention..absolutely...does it compare with 19.32..absolutely not.

http://desert.jsd.claremont.edu/~newt/track/cjp5.html
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 12:08 pm

Since gh's attempt at clarification didn't sink in, boyo, let me try, since you keep changing the subject.

Call Smith's mark a 20.00 or whatever you want. It doesn't matter, because it's all relative. Johnson took an insane 0.3 off a sprint record, Smith took 0.5 off, period. You can think Johnson's mark is more impressive. Fine. But he didn't lower the record by as much as Smith did. Is that so hard to understand?
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 6:01 pm

My point is is that hand-timed marks are estimates and 19.5h could have been a 19.6 or 19.7 in truth whereas the 20.0 really could have been a 20.0. He probably only improved the mark, .3 or .4 rather than .5.

If even Smith did improve the mark by .5, the event was not nearly as highly contested as the 200m with a curve. If the straightaway 400 record was 44.0 and someone ran a 43.1, would that be as impressive as someone running a 42.9 and only improving the wr by .2 seconds. I think not.

Finally, as records improve the time differential gets harder and harder to improve on. In the 19th century and early 20th century, mile records improved 1 or 2 seconds at a time frequently while nowadays they are improved by .2 or .4 seconds. Smith set his mark 30 years before MJ did. The .5 to .36 difference probably is equal strictly on that basis.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby BisonHurdler » Tue May 13, 2003 7:36 pm

>Ronaldo Nehemiah's
>12.92

As a fellow hurdler, i must correct you. 12.93:)
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Wed May 14, 2003 9:22 am

Lost in the shuffle of Flo Jo's 10.49 was that the same day in the semi's she ran a no-question-about it 10.61. Guessing on the last digit but it was 10.6 and something. Wind was under 2.0 but I do not know that either w/o looking it up. This should be her legit record.

Point being, the 10.49 is definitely a "q", but she was ON that day.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed May 14, 2003 12:55 pm

But what was she on, I wonder?
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby 1.97hjsteve » Wed May 14, 2003 2:32 pm

as one hj to another, I feel there will always be a bit of a cloud over her too. She was maybe TOO good ?!
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed May 14, 2003 3:11 pm

Yes, us hj's must stick together! Not sure if this is breaking the sites rules or not...noticed nobody complained about the women's PV calander sales pitch by Mel :)...but I have never believed those times were achieved by pure hard work. What I find is sad is that if you go through the women's WR list how many can be said to be clean? I have my doubts about nearly ALL of them. Personally I think the case made a couple of years ago to dump the lot and start again when random testing was introduced made sense. The only one I fully trust is Paula's 2.15, mind you, I guess from GH's other thread that's not a "WR"!
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed May 14, 2003 5:10 pm

Why limit our doubts to only the women's list?

As for the most stunning performances, Beamon was so far beyond belief at the time that for me, it must be the one. After working all day, I wondered into a bar in Aspen, Colorado, to catch the TV coverage from Mexico. The long jump was on and I asked some guy drinking a beer who was leading... "Beamon, he jumped over 29 feet!" Yeah, sure he did, I thought, disgusted that even an uninformed drunk could think that Beamon has surpassed 29 feet.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby oldvaulter » Wed May 14, 2003 9:27 pm

>Yeah, I was speechless after watching
>that. Knocking more than .3 off of a sprint
>record is insane.

But maybe MJ deserves a little more credit than .3 would suggest, as that was the margin over his own record. He was .4 better than anyone else -- significantly closer to Smith's .5 record-breaking margin. And the faster a record gets, the harder it is to beat it by a big margin. (I think this must be true, hard to prove.)
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby jsquire » Fri May 16, 2003 6:31 am

>>Yeah, I was speechless after watching
>that.
>Knocking more than .3 off of a sprint
>record is
>insane.

But maybe MJ deserves a little more
>credit than .3 would suggest, as that was the
>margin over his own record. He was .4 better
>than anyone else --

Nope. He was only .36 up on Fredericks in that race.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby MJD » Fri May 16, 2003 8:51 am

I've been thinking about this and I'd have to say Joanie's run in 84 seventeen(I think) days after surgery.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby parkerclay » Fri May 16, 2003 11:39 am

Yeah..and Fredericks may be the 2nd best 200m runner of all-time
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby pickle47 » Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:27 pm

Someone help me here, but wasn't there a hammer thrower from West Germany who surpassed the existing world record on all six of his throws in one meet? Or maybe it was five out of the six? I can picture him but can't remember his name (I say that a lot on this board). That qualifies as a stunner for me.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby gh » Thu Oct 16, 2003 5:31 am

In '75 Karl-Hans Riehm (WG) raised the WR four times in one meet, with all six throws over the previous record. It's the only such incident.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:05 am

I don't want to create a controversy, but it's gonna' happen anyway. I watched Flo Jo's 10.49 on TV and members of my family actually witnessed it. If Im' not mistaken, 99% of the 100 metr races men and women were wind-aided that day and the next day in the semi's and finals. However, the wind reading when Flo Jo ran 10.49 registered at 0.00. I found that hard to accept at the time. (Perhaps a faulty wind gauge).
Flo Jo' still ran 10.54 in the Olympic final and in my opinion that is the actual world Record.
(Regardless that was an amazing feat; and I feel like I let Flo Jo down by not being there to give her a big hug in her big moment).
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby The King » Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:01 am

>I don't want to create a controversy, but it's
>gonna' happen anyway. I watched Flo Jo's 10.49
>on TV and members of my family actually witnessed
>it. If Im' not mistaken, 99% of the 100 metr
>races men and women were wind-aided that day and
>the next day in the semi's and finals. However,
>the wind reading when Flo Jo ran 10.49 registered
>at 0.00. I found that hard to accept at the
>time. (Perhaps a faulty wind gauge).
Flo Jo'
>still ran 10.54 in the Olympic final and in my
>opinion that is the actual world
>Record.
(Regardless that was an amazing feat;
>and I feel like I let Flo Jo down by not being
>there to give her a big hug in her big moment).


JL, her 10.54s wouldn'tof been the WR either.
It was wind-aided by _3.0m/s follwoing wind (+1.0m/s over the allowable limit of +2.0m/s)

Many skeptics consider her 10.61s from the '88 Indianopolis OT to be the 'real-WR'.

If we discount any of Flo-Jo's records in the 100m or 200m, Marion Jones would be the double-WR holder, with her 10.65s & 21.62s double at the 1998 Johannesburg,Sotuh Africa (SA) World Cup.

Both races were great by their own standards, due to the fact that it was raining botrh times she ran those races, it was cold for both races, she had terrible RT's (quite rare for Marion, who normallyu has RT's of between 0.120-0.150s)
of 0.183s (100m) & 0.256s (200m).

Prehaps if conditions were better (sunny, wram, possibly hot) and she had good RT's (100m; 0.150s downwards, & 200m; 0.170s downwards) she could of come even closer to Flo-Jo's 'untouchables'.

But the again that's another 'What If'...
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:18 pm

what the heck. I'll submit a 'stunning single performance' nominee - an out-of-nowhere LJ WR (25'5 1/2)by Robert LeGendre(US) in '24 Olympic
PENTATHLON. Didn't compete in open LJ (won by DeHart Hubbard with 24'5). Well, it was probably pretty stunning at the time.. And he placed a disappointing 3rd in Pentathlon. (By the way - the Pentathlon should be brought back. A nice 1-day, easy to run (no 110H or PV) multi-event.)
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