doggone it cascade, the minute I started to read your thread I thought of Paige's double in 1979 at the NCAA in Champaign. I was there, and it was outtasight. But you beat me to it, so I will offer a second.
Jason Richardson managed a pretty impressive double last summer at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec. At 19:08 on July 11 he won his semifinal in the 400 hurdles in 51.30, then 37 minutes later won the 110 hurdles final in 13.29. The next day he won the 400 hurdles final in 49.91.
I believe Kratochvilova's double was tougher than any of the others'. Unlike the more recent Lewis/Johnson/Jones cases, nothing was done to the schedule to accomodate her in Helsinki. She had to run the 400 semi and the 800 final within one hour of each other, and still ended up running 1:54.68 in her second race, with a final 200 of 27.1 (I believe) !!! With more even pace, she could have broken the WR again then and there.
>I believe Kratochvilova's double was tougher >than
>any of the others'. Unlike the more recent
>Lewis/Johnson/Jones cases, nothing was done to
>the schedule to accomodate her in Helsinki. She
>had to run the 400 semi and the 800 final within
>one hour of each other, and still ended up
>running 1:54.68 in her second race, with a final
>200 of 27.1 (I believe) !!! With more even pace,
>she could have broken the WR again then and
<The King of All Doubles
Jesse Owens Big 10s
May 25, 1935 Ann Arbor, MI
3:15pm 100y 9.4 EWR
3:25pm LJ 26'8.25" WR (until 1960)
3:45pm 220y (200m) 20.3 WRy(WRm)
4:00pm 220yIH (200mIH) 22.6 WRy(WRm)>
Not to take anything away from Owens and his day of days in Ann Arbor in 1935. The most demanding (perhaps not the same as outstanding?) doubles would look at the quality of the opposition in each event. If I remember correctly Owens at Ann Arbor had litttle serious challenge in most events. Running with a slightly injured back, he is supposed to have been totally relaxed (due to lack of competition?) and did not expect outstanding times/distances.
Kratochvilova's double had to the toughest I've ever seen. It one thing to race when your tired but to have to race with the lactic acid still fresh in your system from another long sprint race is just brutal.
Its not even close to the same thing but I did the 400 / 800 double as a 15 yr old in a State Championship Jr. olympic meet and all I remember is puking after the 800m and then realizing I had only 45 minutes to get ready for a 400m heat.
Long sprinters, endure some incredible things because of lactic acid buil-up. They have my utmost respect.
"Kratochvilova's double had to the toughest I've ever seen. It one thing to race when your tired but to have to race with the lactic acid still fresh in your system from another long sprint race is just brutal."
Probably not as tough as it would seem at first glance. Imagine a man who could jog through a 400 semi in the Worlds a full 2 seconds off his 400 best and still qualify easily. Not even MJ could get away with that.
No list of "doubles" is complete without Mal Whitfield whom I was lucky enough to see run in his last great season 1953.
Since I have Cordner Nelson's fabulous work "Track's Greatest Champions" I'll just quote from it.
"Perhaps his (Whitfield's) greatest accomplishments came as a doubler. In one day of the 1948 Final Trial, he won the 800 in 1.50.6, ran a heat of 400 in 47.3, and won the final in 46.6. Indoors in 1953 he set a Madison Square Garden 880 record of 1.50.9 and came back little over an hour later with a World Record 600 in 1.09.5. On July 29, in Cologne, he ran a 1.48.4 800 and came back in 45 minutes with a 46.2 400. In Finland on August 16, he broke the 1000-meter World Record with 2.20.8. One hour later he ran his American Record 440 in 46.2"
Robert Korzeniowski's 20k & 50k double in Sydney. The combo of distances involved, competition level, risk of injury and chance of DQ make this the most impressive I can think of. He's also the only person to ever defend the 50k Gold.