This is an article i wrote on Isidro Del Prado Sr. Its interesting to note the Philippine Record still remains Unbroken at 45.57s after 28 years. Before Del Prado the Philippine Record was 48.41 before Del Prado lowered it significantly in the early 80s.
That is not especially old for a national record. For example, the Finnish record is 45.49, which Markku Kukkoaho ran in the finale of Munich Olympics 1972. Finnish women's record is 50.14, which Riitta Salin ran to win the European Championship in 1974.
Olli wrote:That is not especially old for a national record. For example, the Finnish record is 45.49, which Markku Kukkoaho ran in the finale of Munich Olympics 1972. Finnish women's record is 50.14, which Riitta Salin ran to win the European Championship in 1974.
Poland has a lot of nat'l records older than 28 yrs. ago at present. Limiting ourselves to Olympics events only, 4 current records were set in 1976, one in 1978 and two in 1980. And none of them is likely to get broken any time soon
gh wrote:Long jump records with longetivy aren't remotely surprising. They're very common. The most elemental of events it would seem.
Yup. For instance, Sylvio Cator still has the Haitian record
Cator lost to Ed Hamm at Amsterdam (where both of them had one big foul), but broke Hamm's WR later that year. Similarly, he was injured in Los Angeles and only managed 593 but beat Oly champ Gordon a couple weeks later.
Tuariki wrote:New Zealand's oldest record is Sir Peter Snell's 1:44.3 set on a grass track at Christchurch on 2 February 1962. Neither Sir John Walker not Nick Willis have come close to breaking it.
They are both human, Sir Peter Snell was not.
Regarding Philippine 400, Irish or Haitian LJ, etc.. the simplest answer might be the right one: The probability of a record being broken is at best proportional to the benefit gained in breaking it. An NCAA D2 athlete likely has more to gain getting a PR in a dual meet than a filippino has in breaking the NR.
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Mens 200m - Peter Norman - 20.06 - 1968. Mens 800m - Ralph Doubell - 1.44.6 - 1968 Women's 800m - Charlene Rendina - 1.59 - 1976
The 100m Hurdle record pre-Sally Pearson was set in 1972.
Like a lot of countries, we just don't get the depth in athletics - a small population means that almost all the good athletes get streamed at junior level to football (all types), basketball, netball, and hockey. There's not enough 'left-overs' to develop a strong internal competition in sports like athletics. Plus, in the 1970s, the Australian Olympic Committee decided to target Olympic sports where Australia had had some past success, and were more likely to bring rewards in the future - ie value for money. Top junior development programs were put in place for those sports. Hence why Australia has been such a leading cycling and rowing nation over the last 20+ years (the poms have pinched all our ideas and our coaches recently, and they lead those now), and our athletes have been doing it tough.