Said Aouita it was, mcgato. Aouita was born 53 years ago yesterday. Of course you know he won Olympic gold and World Championship gold in the 5,000 meters, but some may not remember that he took the bronze medal in the 1988 Olympic 800 meters (1:44.06), even though he was injured.
Said Aouita had maybe the greatest range of any distance runner in track history. In 1985 he was "Athlete of the Year" for TFN. In 1986 he was ranked number one in the world in the 5,000 and in the 10,000. Then, in 1988, he is ranked number one in the world at 800 meters. Without his 1988 injury, he might have won the Seoul 800.
He was a fun runner to watch. Happy birthday yesterday, Said Aouita.