Howard Drew hadn't have been injured in the heats of the 1912 Olympic 100 meters? The fact that he was the roots to the tree as far as the great black sprinter goes is sorta lost since Drew was not an Olympic champion. Hard to ignore an Olympic Gold medal. Then again Eddie Tolan is never talked about in the same vein as Jesse Owens. Tolan being the first black Olympic 100 meter champ.
I hope nobody out there is looking at this as being "racist" that's not my intentions at all. Just a history fan talking well...history!
What if Eulace Peacock had been in Berlin in 36 standing side by side with Jesse Owens? Peacock like Drew had an injury stand in the way of his Olympic dream.
Like Drew and Peacock Northwesterns Jim Golliday was also felled by injuries in both 52 and 56. He was a WR holder in 9.3 and the top ranked sprinter in world in the early 50's.
Hal Davis,Mozelle Ellerbe and Payton Jordan all starred in the early-mid 40's when due to the wat there were no Olympics.....bummer! They never got a shot!
What if Eddie Hart runs in 72? What if Bob Hayes had hung around until 68? What if Tommie Smith had hung around until 72?
If Harbig doesn't die during WWII his career certainly does while he waits for 1948 to come around.
If J.B. Taylor contests the re-run in 1908 it doesn't matter. Wyndham Halswelle still wins. In the first running, Taylor - ill and off form at the time - wasn't close enough to Halswelle and Carpenter to make a difference. Nothing except Irish-American jingoism suggests things would have been different in the re-run.
What if Dick Fosbury had mastered the straddle in H.S and had gone on to O.S.U and straddled 6'8"?
and in Canada Debbie Brill could have straddled 5'7" in H.S.? Would we have known about the Flop to-day? What would the W-Rec be? Could Stones have straddled 7'3"?
Personally I think the flop would have evolved anyway but the W-rec probably would have been at 7'8" or thereabouts.
Bayi had gone in 76 against walker.
Bayi again in 80 against Coe & Ovett.
El G had'nt tripped in 96
J Ryun never met Bob Timmons or Edmiston.
The Greeks never held sports at olympia
The marathon had been standardised at 60km.
Hey, any of you guys ever read any of the alternate history books by Harry Turtledove? Guns of the South was my favorite- future mercenaries travel back in time to provide M-16 rifles to Robert E. Lee so the south can win the war. Anyway, all of your speculation sounds like a good creative writing project for some of you wordsmiths. What if Kenyans knew in 1960 what they know now about distance running and economics?