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RARE FEAT

Postby exdrake » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:19 pm

Better historians than I--who am I missing?

With J. Simpson's 2nd WC medal today, she joins who else among American born athletes with greater than one world champs and/or Olympic medal in distances of 800m or greater besides Frank Shorter , Mary Decker and Kim Gallagher?

Obviously by Am. born I thereby exclude B. Lagat from the question.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby mcgato » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:30 pm

Wasn't Shorter born in Germany?

I'll think about the question a bit more, and return.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby exdrake » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:37 pm

i was not prepared for that technicality--touche.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby Jnathletics » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:47 pm

How far back do you want to go?

1904 James Lightbody Gold in 800 & 1500 & Steeple
1908 & 1912 Melvin Sheppard 800 Gold and Silver, 1500 Gold
1948 & 1952 Mal Whitfield 800 Gold

Of course I don't know if these three were born in America.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby lonewolf » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:30 pm

mcgato wrote:Wasn't Shorter born in Germany?

I'll think about the question a bit more, and return.

Munich.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby exdrake » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:00 am

Dammit--I'm counting Shorter--but can we agree truly rare indeed?
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby EastBayprepoftheweek67 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:32 am

Glenn Cunningham. Kansas born!
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Postby dj » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:55 am

Jnathletics wrote:How far back do you want to go?

1904 James Lightbody Gold in 800 & 1500 & Steeple
1908 & 1912 Melvin Sheppard 800 Gold and Silver, 1500 Gold
1948 & 1952 Mal Whitfield 800 Gold

Of course I don't know if these three were born in America.


All were American born. Lightbody also had 1906 1500 gold and 800 silver.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby dj » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:55 am

EastBayprepoftheweek67 wrote:Glenn Cunningham. Kansas born!


Only one medal, 1500 silver '36. He was 4th in '32 1500.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby dj » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:00 am

Add Arthur Newton, bronze in 1904 Marathon and steeplechase.
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Postby James Fields » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Doris Brown medaled 5 times, I believe, in World Championship cross country.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby bambam » Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:37 am

James Fields wrote:Doris Brown medaled 5 times, I believe, in World Championship cross country.


And if we're counting those, Lynn Jennings won it three times and Craig Virgin won it twice
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby exdrake » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:16 am

Not counting those or World indoors.

Add Centro today!
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby Jnathletics » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:14 pm

bambam wrote:
James Fields wrote:Doris Brown medaled 5 times, I believe, in World Championship cross country.


And if we're counting those, Lynn Jennings won it three times and Craig Virgin won it twice



What's wrong with World X-C??? I should have mentioned those. :oops: IMHO they should count double for without X-C there wouldn't be T&F. (people were racing foot races long before someone invented a track.) :P
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby JumboElliott » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:51 pm

mcgato wrote:Wasn't Shorter born in Germany?

I'll think about the question a bit more, and return.

To American parents, so he was American born.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby dj » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:27 am

JumboElliott wrote:
mcgato wrote:Wasn't Shorter born in Germany?

I'll think about the question a bit more, and return.

To American parents, so he was American born.


Born an American citizen, born in German. Thus, German-born American.
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Re: RARE FEAT

Postby lonewolf » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:42 am

My eldest daughter was born in Germany to two US citizen parents about the same time as Frank Shorter. She had dual citizenship until age 21, at which time she was required to elect
citizenship. She chose US.
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