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Olympic Champions

Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:15 am

Today's quiz features two Olympic champions - A and B - who competed in the same event twenty-eight years apart.

Athlete A was born 108 years ago today (Wednesday) and won two Olympic golds, one of them with a new world record.

Athlete B was born 81 years ago today and has one Olympic gold, one Olympic silver and one Olympic bronze. This athlete also placed 4th at the Olympics once but never broke a world record.

Athlete A died in 1988. Athlete B died in 2002. Can you name these Olympic champions?
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:21 am

Athlete A sounds like Ray Barbuti.
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:34 am

Well done, DoubleRBar, you have a good hearing :) Yes, athlete A is Ray Barbuti, 1928 400m and 4x400m champion.
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:24 am

So, athlete B competed in the 400 or the four by 400 relay or both in Melbourne.
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby rhymans » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:12 am

I think this must be Mamo Wolde, who ran in the 4x400 in 1956, moved up a bit in distance, was 4th in the 10000 in 64, 2nd in '68, 1st in the Marathon in '68 and then 3rd in '72 - and it's a great quiz question
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:26 am

Can't get anything past you :)

Yes, athlete B is Mamo Wolde. Well done.
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:14 am

I wonder what leg he ran and what was his relay split in 1956. I realize their team did not make the final.
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby bambam » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:23 pm

DoubleRBar wrote:I wonder what leg he ran and what was his relay split in 1956. I realize their team did not make the final.


He ran the 3rd leg - no splits available for 1956 4x400 rounds
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:51 pm

How about a final time for their team?
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby bambam » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:24 pm

DoubleRBar wrote:How about a final time for their team?


4x400 – Round 1, Heat 3
NOC Place Time (off) Time (auto) Lane
GBR 1 3:08.8 3:08.76 1
JAM 2 3:11.0 3:11.07 6
URS 3 3:11.2 3:11.27 2
KEN 4 3:17.6 3:17.68 3
ETH 5 3:30.0 3:29.93 5
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Re: Olympic Champions

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:47 pm

I would guess his split was around 52 seconds.
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