Carnivore 69
16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/3/2008 9:47PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
did not realize
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/3/2008 10:11PM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I didn't realize what she achieved in that race until now. One of the Russians she beat was the WR holder; the other would win the Olympic 1500 meter gold less than 5 months later in Munich. And she also defeated the reigning AR holder in the race, who went under her old record as well. A 4:38 mile on that crappy track is on a par with Lindgren's 8:40, and that time still stands alone 36 years later. Reminds me of Ryun beat Snell.

Thanks for posting that; I don't know why that video only has 1400+ views, that is a classic.
awesome race
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 9:20AM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thanks for the link!
trefour
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 12:18PM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
What a great race!
unbelievable
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 3:59PM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
can't believe wejo hasn't put this video up somewhere, especially after all the great stuff at the California state meet recently.
Schumacher
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 4:05PM - in reply to unbelievable Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
was a WR
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 6:02PM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Actually, her 4:38.5 was a WORLD record at the time. There was another thread on this amazing performance a few months ago.
http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?board=1&id=2362920&thread=2362494
The CA state meet made me think of what Heald and Lindgren were able to do. Imagine a 16 year old today taking down a world record holder and an Olympic champ in the same race.
patti
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 6:36PM - in reply to Carnivore 69 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
wow!!! wow!

Awesome footage.

Jim McKay's calling the race...and Doris getting passed by another Amwerican...and gettign beat!!

Great race.

I never knew.

Thank you, Carvinvore for introducing me to Debbie.

In Joy,
Patti
runamook
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 6/4/2008 6:50PM - in reply to patti Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hi Patti!
I trained and raced with Debbie on occasion back in the day and we had this awesome trip when we got her to run for our SFVTC team in '76 to Miami for nationals. We had way too much fun. Wonder what she is up to now????
jaguar1
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 7/18/2008 9:58PM - in reply to runamook Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
This deserves a bump. Billy Mills-eque performance!!!
Running,
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 1/17/2009 10:14PM - in reply to jaguar1 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Bump for absolutely crazy.
ian edwards
RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 1/17/2009 10:21PM - in reply to Running, Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Holy Shit!
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RE: 16 year old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972 1/18/2009 1:50PM - in reply to ian edwards Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Carnivore, Thanks for diggnig this up. What a pleasure to watch. I wonder how Debbie did at the collegiate level? Anybody know?