The answer will come to me soon. However, in the meantime, I would like to congradulate hjsteve as a reformed trivia player. Better to be a loser than a 'cheater' (what high morals we have here!). I am sure Dick Pound would be very proud of him.
>I know that the system used to be that the
>Division III champion in each event ran in the
>Division I championships (I know this because I
>went to a DIII school and we had a national champ
>who did so).
This could the "history" that
>Garry is referring to, although I don't know the
I was just going to say that Moses fell in the Division III final and couldn't compete in Division 1. If I remember the Olympic trials was only the third 400 hurdles race he ever ran. I did not look this up! I swear.
By the way the IAAF trivia police showed up at my house the other day. They ask only one question. Mine was: What is the worst track and field movie ever made? To comply with their strict guidelines, I immediately replied 'Running Brave'!They replied that was not the worst movie but it was bad enough to be within the acceptable limits.
Very-very-very close, but not quite right. In '76, at a point where he was the world leader, he fell in the Div. III semis. The next day they ran a "consolation final," but since he wasn't officially one of the first 2, the NCAA denied his petition for entry into the Div. I meet.
The next year he won Div. III but then in protest at his treatment the previous year turned down the option to run Div. I. At that point in his career, I suspect Edwin had little to do with the decision, which would have been made by his coach, whose name was.......?
"I immediately replied 'Running Brave'!They replied that was not the worst movie but it was bad enough to be within the acceptable limits."
The worst track movie ever made was "Across the Tracks." It was a hideously bad movie with Brad Pitt (early in his career) and Rick Schroeder (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue). They played two brothers, one of whom was juvenile delinquent; they were both track stars. Terrible movie.