And whatabout Bannister hockechump? (heh, just kiddin’…) Gotta rep the distance runners. I’ve always been kind of put off by the glorification of bannister and the 4:00 mile. World mile records have been broken for many years, and many years prior. The stigma that the 4:00 mile could not be broken was wrong, Bannister believed it to be wrong, and the only reason it was glorified is because the entire media and coaching pro’s were surprised that they were wrong. I don’t think that we will see the end of world records.
Charlie, you deconstructed the Beamon jump in Speed Trap. Beamon’s length was due to –
He was the only jumper to get in a legal jump before the wind died down and the rain began. Much like FloJo’s 10.49 on a clearly windy day.
Some feats get blown out of proportion, and both Bannister’s and Beamon’s fall into this category.
Doesn’t change the distance and the fact that it took so many years to better it in any conditions. You could also note that, like the sprints, the jump that did better it was on the new harder track first introduced in the meet where it happened.
Likewise, Flo-Jo’s time hasn’t been equaled or even approached under any conditions, new tracks or not.
Regardless, history has shown that the 4 min “barrier” is pretty pedestrian.
I spoke to Landy, the second guy under 4, and he said he had begun to think sub-4 may be physically “impossible” because he had tried so many times to go there - as had so many others - and no-one was managing better than about 4:01.
What that run does show is that the human mind is a powerful tool - for better or for worse.
ANY such lists are subjective . . . but mostly harmless and if nothing else they serve to remind us that the best athletes aren’t all doing athletics.