johnclark wrote:20.62 n/a Berruti 1960
20.36 -0.8 Carr 1964
20.30 +0.0 Borzov 1971
20.00 +0.0 Borzov 1972
Outside of Johnson's 19.32, Borzov's 20.00 in Munich 1972 is perhaps most impressive - he beat the previous record by 0.30 seconds and his record stood for 8 years. It is, however, another case of an exactly zero wind reading, which I have doubts about - the wind readings in Munich (and Mexico and Montreal and Moscow) often look odd.
I would rate Carr's 20.36 as superior to Borzov's 20.00 and probably superior to much of what followed.
gh wrote:the IAAF's World Progressions Book, by Richard Hymans has a well documented list of how it all played out, starting with Ralph Metcalfe's 21.59 in a quarter final at the LA Olympics in '32.
yes, Metcalfe, the rightful owner of a 1932 OG gold at 200m. Lastly, Im amazed at how young the guys were before Mike Marsh. With the exception of Mennea and Lewis, all under 22 . Mennea '80 is a real anomaly at 28 years. Post Marsh, only MJ is more anomalous with is '96 performances coming at the age of 29 years.