I would be interested to know who people think has had the greatest kick. I recently saw a documentary on Snell at modesto when he put 20metres on the field in what looked like 21 metres he had phenomnal acceleration. When he won his olympic gold in Tokyo he was 15 meteres up on the feild he could just destroy people with his kick. As you can see I vote snell.
Ryun ran a 36.4 at the end of a 3:38 race (that's 48 second pace). So did Aouita. Morceli was a blazing fast finisher. Snell also, with his 24 and 25 second last 200's. Hard to say. Ryun seemed to be able to do it without anyone close over the last 200.
Looks like this could turn into another very long thread. I'll vote for Morceli - just ahead of Ryun.
This is trivial, and an exercise in semantics, but I'll go for it anyway.
Who kicked the HARDEST? Snell. According to one of his competitors in a Bud Greenspan film, his feet dug out pits in the cinders and threw the filling over the other runners' heads when he started his kick in the '64 OG 1500m.
Who kicked the FASTEST? That's another question altogether.
>This is trivial, and an exercise in semantics,
>but I'll go for it anyway.
Who kicked the
>HARDEST? Snell. According to one of his
>competitors in a Bud Greenspan film, his feet dug
>out pits in the cinders and threw the filling
>over the other runners' heads when he started his
>kick in the '64 OG 1500m.>>
Maybe you never ran on cinders; having crap thrown at/over/under/all around you was SOP no matter who was in front of you.
The "hardest" tale I can tell is that they used to say that one of Snell's biggest rivals, George Kerr of Jamaica, pulled back with such excessive force, that he frequently pulled the backs out of his shoes (i.e., his heel would ripo right out the back) and adidas had to make him specially over-sewn shoes. No idea if any truth to that though.
There is absolutely no way anyone can be getting faster in the last 50 meters of a 400 race (unless they were jogging the first 350), so it wasn't a kick per se - Reynolds just slowed down a lot less than the others...
There's a story about Vaatainen that Arthur Lydiard tells (which may or may not be true). When he came to Finland, Vaatainen had too big an ego to be seen taking advice from Lydiard, and downplayed the Kiwi's expertise. But he sat behind a screen during a public lecture Lydiard gave, took notes, and used the knowledge for his stunning 1971 season. Vaatainen admitted this to Lydiard only a few years ago.
>Dangerous to rely on memory, but I recall that
>Vaahtainen dropped a final 400m of 53-something
>in the 10K. It was a shocker.>>
Yes, Väätäinen ran 53.8 for the last lap of the 1971 European Champs 10K. But that's only part of the story. Bear with me. First, here's the all-time world list when that race began:
So Bedford had almost a 20-second PR bulge on the second-best guy in the field (Haase). And he ends up, coincidentally, matching Haase's PR of 28:04.4. And finishes an out-of-it 6th!
1. Väätäinen 27:52.8 PR; 2. Haase 27:53.4 PR; 3. Sharafetdinov 27:56.4 PR; 4. Korica 27:58.4 PR; 5. Haro 27:59.4 PR; 6. Bedford, not a PR.
But here's the spooky part (and, perhaps, a caution as to what might happen to Paula Radcliffe this summer). Bedford forged the early pace (a tough one) and was still in the lead at the bell. Five guys ran him down. Don't know his split, but if he were equal w/ V at the bell and V ran 53.8, then he ran 65.4.
But here's the angle I like. There are those who were familiar enough w/ Bedford's running (I never saw him in person that I can think of), or what some would charactreize more as "plodding" that if he had skipped the first 24 laps of the race, then jumped in with the first 5 right at the bell, and had produced a PR 400, he still would have finished 6th!
This is a fun thread.With no hard numbers to support it, I think Bedford was the slower finisher (compared to Clarke who I recall sometimes had some fairly decent last laps--certainly faster than 65.4) Other "slow" finishers who have run fast 5K or 10K's that come to mind are Prefontaine,Terry Williams,Bob Kennedy,Ed Eyestone, Alberto Salazar et al. But the thing I love about these "slow" finishers is that they are the gutty, pace pushers that make for exciting, fast splits and record breaking preformances!
Oath to that!
On the subject of the slowest finishers that gifted others fast times. Bayi in christchurch would have to count although he still won he picked up a massive fridge and walker was eating him up.
As for quickest finishers, well there have been some great ones, but my personal opinion runs with Ryun he always expected to do his last lap 2-3 seconds quicker than the rest, thats why when he first ran 3.51 mile he thought he was going under 3.50 but he died to much. He regularly finished quicker than 53secs.
Ryun didn't die in his 3:51.1. The last 120 was his fastest part of the last lap, unofficially 14 flat. He had no idea he was running so fast, he said he felt so strong he thought he had run 3:56 - 57. He said as he crossed the the finish he felt as if he could run another mile just as fast. He should have started his kick sooner, and run all out. He said he just picked up the pace, but had no idea he was running so fast. Ryun clocked 53.7 for the last 440 without running all out. That 36.4 300 of his is outrageous. Morceli also, as mentioned above, was a fierce finisher in his prime.
Bayi was indeed dying in the stretch of his record 1500, but he had way too much of a lead on Walker.
Walker ran him down in the last 200, but couldn't quite catch him. Bayi had way too much of lead at the 1200 mark. He was dying in the stretch (not that he would admit it, but tape and pictures show otherwise).
The 40th anniversary of the Modesto mile was acknowledged in NZ recently with a screening of Snell's copy of the film of the race. There were also interviews with the runners including Beatty who claimed he would have won if he hadn't been injured. I seriously doubt it. In top form Snell could have run away from anyone, including Elliot and Ryun.
What the heck does
>that mean? A runner can have a huge lead, then
>all but a few meters are eaten up by the guys
>chasing him. That's what happened to Bayi.
What it means, is originally it was said bayi had 'too much of a lead' if this was the case he would have won easily, the fact walker ran him right down means it was only just enough of a lead anything less and he would have been beat. When judging someones ability over a distance you can't say Bayis is way better than walker because he had a huge lead over walker at 1200, it is the distance at the end that counts. The distance at the end is the sole factor to determine each's ability at that event.
What the heck does
>that mean? A runner can
>have a huge lead, then
>all but a few meters are
>eaten up by the guys
>chasing him. That's what
>happened to Bayi.
What it means, is
>originally it was said bayi had 'too much of a
>lead' if this was the case he would have won
>easily, the fact walker ran him right down means
>it was only just enough of a lead anything less
>and he would have been beat. When judging
>someones ability over a distance you can't say
>Bayis is way better than walker because he had a
>huge lead over walker at 1200, it is the distance
>at the end that counts. The distance at the end
>is the sole factor to determine each's ability at
That doesn't seem to make sense to me. I think I know what the other posters were getting at when commenting on your earlier post. Walker left his kick to late - or he let Bayi get too much of a lead. He finished much faster but ran out of race. Later that year, he stayed right on Bayi and easily ran away, with Bayi pretty much giving up. One runner can be going at too conservative a pace, and despite finishing fast can easily be far from his potential, having not used all of his energy, etc.
I also saw the remark about Ryun up there. He didn't run out of gas in 67. That's ridiculous. The fastest part of his race was the last lap, the last 200, etc. He was just cruising along, with no idea of how fast he was going. He had said several times he was a terrible judge of pace when he was leading.
Maybe I've been mislead, the report I have read of Ryuns initial world mile record says that when he heard his 1200 split he thought he was going to be able to run under 3.50 but then tied up and ran 3.51. This may not be true but it is what I was lead to beleive. If not Ryun was better than I realised.
In Ryun's first record, he was tired. He couldn't run 3:50. That was in '66. In '67, he was a far better runner. He had no idea he was running so fast. Look at the splits from his races in '67. The last 1200 of his 3:33.1 was in 2:46, about as good as what the top guys now could do. The other posts already mentioned his 50 point finishes and 36.4 in Germany in a 3:38 'tactical' race. He was freakish.
I think I know what you mean about runners at the finish, but if you've run some races, you'll know that isn't necessarily the case.
It's rumored he's coming back this season in prep. for a run at the Oly 5 and maybe 100. I think he may have 'lost it' so to speak, but if he can come back, it would add a great dimension to the races.