|Pederson on his 91.72 meter throw|
g to form.
Crothers (1:49.3) following Mamoru Morimoto, Japan(1:49.9), and
Maurice Lurot ,France ( 1:49.8) trailing
|Janis Lusis Silver for USSR|
Kulcsar, Nevalan, Lusis
|Gergely Kulcsar rt. with Miklos Nemeth|
|Swiss thrower Urs Von Wartburg (153)|
might also have been an Elvis impersonator
Here is a link to the official olympic version of the race. How many times have you seen this race? Does it ever fail to electrify?
This writer heard Billy Mills speak about his race last August, 2013 in Cincinnati. He said that passing the 5,000 meters at near personal best time, he was so shocked that he felt he wanted to step off the track and hide. But because the Tokyo officials had kept interlopers from getting near the track and sidelines, there was nowhere to hide, so he kept on going. That's when his confidence took a turn, and he started believing that he might be able to win. In his speech he said he was lapping a German runner and saw an eagle on his uniform, and he had a vision of his father telling him that he, Billy, was like a wounded eagle as a child, hurt and angry, but someday he would learn to fly, and that day he did. When he went to the German after the race to look again at the eagle on his uniform, there was no eagle. To Billy it had truly been a vision.
For another story on this race, refer to our blog Vol. No. 69.
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There were 43 entered in the 10,000 and 38 started. There were runners left far behind by the first turn. Billy Mills had number 36 and yet he had the confidence to run fast enough to join lead pack. Kidd had 14 and Lidgren 24 and like usual they were very near the front during the first lap. Then their conditioning caught up with them. Clarke had position 25.
My memory is that at a Track and Field News banquet. Ron Clarke told us that he had been mistaken in not taking the pace out faster. Then after the 5,000 he said the same thing. He led most of that race. As I said it was a miserable day. The track was a mess by that last race. I was sitting next to Bob Schul's Mother and Father on that 5th day and we were all shaking with cold.
Boy that was a long time ago!