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Quick On Their Feet

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:47 am

Another double happy birthday today (Friday) to a couple of Olympic champions with a total of five Olympic gold medals. They have 170 years between them.

One is still alive today while the other died the same year Edwin Moses was born. The younger of the two was born on a Saturday in September while the older was born on a Tuesday in the same year James Abram Garfield was elected president of the United States.

Neither athlete has anything to do with the hurdles in the Olympic Games.

The younger person set a world record which still stands today and was born in the northeast section of the nation in which this person was born.

Dying on a Friday in January, the older athlete was born in a town named for Henry Dodge.

Winning one Olympic silver medal, four World Championship gold medals, two World Championship silver medals, and three World Indoor Championship gold medals, the younger athlete competed in three Olympic Games.

Two clues which may help you get these two names are "citrus fruits" and "the University of Michigan".

Our older athlete died at the age of 74. The younger athlete will turn 74 on September 14, 2048.

Do you have enough clues to name these two famous athletes? Go ahead and try.
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Re: Quick On Their Feet

Postby rhymans » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:20 pm

Archie Hahn and Hicham El Guerrouj
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Re: Quick On Their Feet

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:45 pm

Very good, rhymans and happy birthday today to Archie Hahn and Hichan El Guerrouj. Archie Hahn (University of Michigan) won the 60, 100, and the 200 in St. Louis (1904). El Guerrouj, of course, still holds the 1,500 meters and one mile world marks. Hahn died in 1955 at the age of 74 and El Guerrouj was born in '74. El Guerrouj was born on Archie Hahn's 94th birthday (I realize Hahn had died 19 years before Hichan's birth). NIce job, rhymans.
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