Most stunning single performances.


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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed Nov 05, 2003 10:28 am

The thread started with this question: "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.
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No one has so far responded to the upset alternative with Harrison Dillard's 100m dash victory at 1948 Olympics in London.

Dillard, known then primarily as a hurdler, did not make the USA team in his event after tangling with a barrier in the USA trials. But he went to London as a 100m dash competitor and on 31 July 1947 upset favorites such as Mel Patton, Barney Ewell, and Lloyd LaBeach.

Postscript(s): Patton won the OG 200m on 3 August 1948 -- and Dillard came back four years later to win the 110m hurdles in Olympic record time at Helsinki on 24 July 1952.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed Nov 05, 2003 10:32 am

My previous message reflected old man's feeble typing by producing a 1947 date in a discussion of 1948 Olympics. I better admit this quickly before a "gotcha" specialist focuses on that rather than the subject athlete's great performance.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby 6 5.5hjsteve » Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:24 am

here is another stunning one:

at the 1960 Rome Olympics, an unknown from New Zealand named Peter Snell stunned the track world (and Roger Moens !) as he burst past him in the last 30 meters to win the 800. Step one to fame.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby RMc » Wed Nov 05, 2003 3:44 pm

Candidates for stunning US performances not mentioned previously (I think):

- Ed Moses winning the 1976 OTs in a major upset over the Gold Medalist favorite, and never looking back.

- James Robinson getting nosed out of the 1984 Olympic team after winning 5 or 7 straight championships.

- Mike Powell winning the 91 Tokyo LJ in a WR to beat the supreme Lewis.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Wed Nov 05, 2003 3:51 pm

The ones that come first to my mind are MJ's 19.32 (I stood up and yelled "look at the time, look at the time", which was a little odd since I was watching alone) and Powell's LJ WR (got so excited watching the competition I accidently drank too much and remember the hangover equally as well!).
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby RMc » Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:36 am

>The ones that come first to my mind are MJ's
>19.32 (I stood up and yelled "look at the time,
>look at the time", which was a little odd since
>I was watching alone)

I was there and I agree it was the most stunning I personally witnessed. I was with my sister and she said she's never seen me so excited. I was yelling so much that I almost lost my voice the next day.
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Re: Most stunning single performances.

Postby Guest » Fri Nov 07, 2003 1:12 pm

Gail Devers Vs Merlene Ottey...

1993 World championships Gail got an amazing start as always but Merlene closing strids and the merge at the tape... It seemed like it took for ever for a decision to be made and Gail Devers came out with the win, but a protest was filed by Jamaica, officals confirmed that devers was the winner... both women timed in at 10.82

1996 Atalanta for the second time in their career Gail Devers and Merlene Ottey had a photofinish in one of the major championship finals. Again devers was the winner, and again Jamaica filed a protest and again devers was the winner. both women timed in at 10.94
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