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Postby DoubleRBar » Fri May 10, 2013 8:00 am

Happy 51st birthday today (Friday) to an Olympic champion who ran a 60.3 final lap to win the Olympic gold medal on President Jimmy Carter's 64th birthday.

This Olympic gold medalist was 26 years old when winning the Olympic gold medal.

A fairly "famous" Japanese horror film opened in the United States the same day our birthday athlete was born. As far as I know, the film and the athlete have no other connection.

One of the women in the 1954 movie "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" shares the same initials as our birthday athlete.

Can you name this Olympic champion born on the tenth day of May some 51 years ago? Go ahead and name our birthday person.
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Re: Mothra

Postby dukehjsteve » Fri May 10, 2013 10:22 am

Sounds like a men's 5k last lap, and since I think Pres. Carter was born in 1924, I'll say John Ngugi.
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Re: Mothra

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri May 10, 2013 12:16 pm

You're good, dukehjsteve. Happy birthday today to John Ngugi, winner of the Olympic 5,000 in Seoul in 1988. I still remember that race as one of the best 5,000's I've seen. I loved the way Ngugi ran a 58.2 lap after the first kilometer, built up a big lead, and hung on to win the gold medal by almost four seconds. Nice going, dukehjsteve.
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Re: Mothra

Postby kuha » Fri May 10, 2013 12:31 pm

DoubleRBar wrote:You're good, dukehjsteve. Happy birthday today to John Ngugi, winner of the Olympic 5,000 in Seoul in 1988. I still remember that race as one of the best 5,000's I've seen. I loved the way Ngugi ran a 58.2 lap after the first kilometer, built up a big lead, and hung on to win the gold medal by almost four seconds. Nice going, dukehjsteve.


Yes, indeed! And, yes, that was one of my favorite championship 5,000s ever--a strategy that (for all kinds of understandable reasons) we just don't see very often at all.
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Re: Mothra

Postby mcgato » Fri May 10, 2013 4:17 pm

I also remember one of the Castro brothers gamely trying to close the gap to Ngugi, but getting passed in the final meters by two other runners. Out of the medals, he was sobbing on the track.
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Re: Mothra

Postby DoubleRBar » Sat May 11, 2013 6:31 am

That's right. Dieter Baumann, with his excellent kick, got the silver medal and then went on to take the gold medal in Spain, four years later. Baumann almost got the bronze medal in Atlanta, but missed it by about half a second.
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Re: Mothra

Postby Pego » Sat May 11, 2013 8:49 am

DoubleRBar wrote:That's right. Dieter Baumann, with his excellent kick, got the silver medal and then went on to take the gold medal in Spain, four years later. Baumann almost got the bronze medal in Atlanta, but missed it by about half a second.


He forgot to brush his teeth :wink: .
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