Who kicked the hardest?


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Re: Who kicked the hardest?

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 23, 2003 4:22 pm

If you want to talk about the kick from a single race, how about Mills 1964 Olympic 10000. Wasn't he 24 - 25 seconds in the last 200, shortly after being knocked / elbowed to the outside by Gammoudi? He destroyed everyone mostly in the last 100 though, so his last 100 split would probably be even more impressive. Here's the video clips from the last lap:

http://www.mines.edu/Outreach/k12/mathc ... .show.html

What's really neat about that race is that nobody expected Mills to amount to much that day.
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Re: Who kicked the hardest?

Postby Guest » Fri Jul 25, 2003 7:20 pm

It really is spectacular to see a distance runner go into another gear and blast away from every one. Along with Ryun, Snell et al two of the best at this were Myrus Yifter and Doug Padilla. They could accelerate from an already speedy 56 second (400) pace to 51-52 pace--this usually coming over the final 200-250 meters.
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