berkeley wrote:Let's spice up this question a little - what was the greatest non-final performance in Olympic T&F history ?
For sheer quality and crazy audacity, I'd say the 1972 Olympic 10,000 heats.
Yes, if I remember right Bedford and Puttemans having a discussion about going for the WR, or maybe just OR, and Puttemans wisely advising caution. Shorter the first American under 28.
It was a shame Bedford even did the 10. Strategies completely out of whack for the 10, but would have been wonderful in the 5. Running 4:15 for the first mile, like he did in the 10, in the 5k would have set up an awesome race. And Yifter finds the correct gate to get in. One of the great what-ifs.