T&FN commits unpardonable sin


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T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby gh » Tue May 13, 2003 7:48 am

came in this morning to find a voicemail from a distraught subscriber who is seriously considering never buying the magazine ever again: the cover of the latest issue calls Radcliffe's London run a "world record" when everybody knows that because of the course differences there is no such thing as a world record in the marathon and we should have called it a "course record."

Alrighty, then!
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 8:00 am

well, if I could run 2:15, I'd be very very happy...

of course, it's 800 meters I talking about right now.
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby oldvaulter » Tue May 13, 2003 10:27 am

How about "best ever" instead of "world record"? A broader, more appropriate, term than mere "course record" which is true but doesn't begin to convey the significance of Paula's achievement.
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 10:43 am

I thought the term "world best" was generally accepted...
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby Guest » Tue May 13, 2003 3:04 pm

Bottom line is that the IAAF will vote (and surely accept) on ratifying "official world records" in the road events this summer. TFNews was obviously just way ahead of the curve. That's why we subscribe, right?
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby BisonHurdler » Tue May 13, 2003 7:22 pm

>I thought the term "world best" was generally
>accepted...




You are 100% correct, that is what should've been used.
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby JohnGa » Tue May 13, 2003 7:32 pm

I thouht world best was just for that year though, but I'm not too sure.
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby BisonHurdler » Tue May 13, 2003 7:34 pm

>I thouht world best was just for that year
>though, but I'm not too sure.



Nah, "world best" has traditionally been used for events that are not officially ratified by the IAAF for WR's.


"World best" = "World record for non-ratifiable events"
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby magpie » Tue May 13, 2003 7:59 pm

>I thouht world best was just for that year
>though, but I'm not too sure.

'world leader'?
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby gh » Tue May 13, 2003 8:04 pm

T&FN, marching as always to a superior drummer than that of the various governing bodies (insert smiley here), has for decades referred to the best marathon as a World Record: why demean the best effort known?

As 45rpm noted earlier, IAAF finally agrees with us and will make the change in vocabulary this summer.
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Re: T&FN commits unpardonable sin

Postby oldvaulter » Wed May 14, 2003 12:55 pm

>T&FN, marching as always to a superior drummer...

True without the caveat of the "smiley". BTW, the new issue with the Paula cover is great, "World Record" and all. Loved the headline and Allyson photo on the Mt. Sac Relays report, Deena centerfold, etc..
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