Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?


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Re: Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?

Postby Per Andersen » Wed May 08, 2013 9:45 pm

Rod Richard? He beat work. Bob Work :) Don't know what happened to him in '56 but I'll rank him behind Frank Budd and Art Bragg.
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Re: Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?

Postby dj » Thu May 09, 2013 4:51 am

catson52 wrote:An obvious candidate missing is Eulace Peacock in 1936. Without injury he had three chances to win a medal in Berlin, 100/200/LJ. His record of 1935 puts him way up on this list.


Yes, good addition. But his triple would have been 100/LJ/4x1. During his collegiate career at Temple (1934-1937) he ran the 200/220 only in collegiate duals and the AAU pentathlon with a best of 22.1 for the 220y on a turn. He was nearly a full second away form competing for a spot on the '36 team.
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Postby user4 » Thu May 09, 2013 5:03 am

Avante wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:Since we are talking about 'dubious times', we should mention Southern Illinois University's Ivory Crockett in those who didn't win a medal. The first 9.0 100y.

I saw him run down at MacAndrew's Stadium back in the early '70s.


I think his 9.0 is legit, he did beat Reggie Jones in that race. As we can see from the below, he was the real deal.

1970 Nationals

1. Ivory Crockett 9.3
2. Ben Vaughan 9.3
3. Charles Greene 9.3
4. Eddie Hart 9.3
5. Robert J. Taylor 9.3

1969

1. Ivory Crockett 9.3
2. John Carlos 9.3
3. Charles Greene 9.4
4. Mel Gray 9.4
5. Robert J. Taylor 9.4
6. Eddie Hart 9.4



We should be careful to discriminate between cinder and synthetic for the 100yd dash. I may sound overly skeptical but I dont believe Crockett's hand timed 9.0 .... If I use Bob Hayes' 9.1 (not even sure how many 9.1s Hayes registered) as a benchmark I would hazard to guess that Crockett was a 9.3 on cinder at the very best. Of course 100yds is not an OG standard so Crockett never makes an OG final in 1968, 1972 or 1976. ... and then there was Houston McTear another 100 yard wonder snatching defeat from the jaws of victory every time he got within 10 yards of the finish line.
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Re: Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?

Postby user4 » Thu May 09, 2013 7:51 am

The US sprinters from 1980, starting with Stanley Floyd. It is impossible to imagine that they would not have come home with more than a few medals.
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Re: Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?

Postby Jackaloupe » Thu May 09, 2013 10:12 am

Late to the party here, but olden day Sprinters (and ballplayers) often suffered a "Charley Horse". Dunno why, but my image from back then refers that to the Calf muscle.

Glad someone upthread finally came up with Eulace Peacock, the NJ Sprinter/Long Jumper who was an arch rival to Jesse Owens. Many considered him better, but he got....(drum roll 4 'User4'...) injured. I first learned of Peacock in 1953, perusing the NJ State Champs program; he held the Broad Jump record.

BTW, they didn't have the Hop, Step & Jump in HS back then;~). Whenever some hapless kid would call it the Hop, Skip & Jump, we'd demonstrate how that'd be like 2 Hops before jumping; or more correctly, simply call the event the Skip & Jump...
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Postby Gebrucilassie » Mon May 13, 2013 7:03 pm

Conor Dary wrote:Since we are going that far back, what about Laurence Myers or Harry Hutchins?


Not quite as long ago but Eulace Peacock comes to mind...
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Re: Best sprinter to never win an Olympic medal?

Postby user4 » Tue May 14, 2013 5:39 am

Frank Budd and Ray Norton are somewhere in the top 40 list.
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