Tough to compare because of altitude skewing sprint times and horizontal jump marks. I don't see that '68 team as much better than the '64 group: Hayes, Carr, Larrabee, Ulis Williams, Hayes Jones, Cawley, Schull, Mills, Thomas, Boston, Long, Matson, Oerter, Hansen, and the sprint girls... pretty impressive roster.
jhc68 wrote:Tough to compare because of altitude skewing sprint times and horizontal jump marks.
jhc69 is right. Move the 1968 olympics to a dirt track at sea level , give them functioning wind gauges and officials capable of operating them and the 40 years of epic hype evaporates like spilled water at noonday August in Mexico City.
unclezadok wrote:All of the USA athletes who did well in Mexico had a pretty good record at sea level too. And I'm sure Jim Ryun had no love for altitude.
Agree completely, but it is the mount olympus folk status that is attributed to the '68 team due to the altitude and syn. surface that needs some adjusting. Honestly does anyone think that Lee Evans was 1 full second better than Otis Davis ? I think Davis was better. A strict use of the numbers would also lead the naive to assume that '68 Deca champ Bill Toomey could have gotten a medal in numerous other open OG 400m races prior to '68. Bill was a great deca sprinter but he was not the equal of an OG 400m medalists. However I still think that Beamon was head and shoulders above his peers that day and that one jump rates above LJ performances of the previous and next decade. I will approximate that his '68 LJ would have been the first sea level 28fter.