King of Sweden
Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 3:01PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I saw this in a very old Sports Illustrated. I thought it was interesting to see what he accomplished close to 100 years ago

100m 11.2
Long Jump 22' 6.75"
High Jump 6' 1.5"
400m 52.2
shot 42' 5.5"
discus 125' 3.75"
110 hurdles 15.6
Pole Vault 10'8"
Javelin 149' 11.25"
1500m 4:40.1

Just damn. He was good. Besides the 1500, how many of these marks do you think you could match. Remember, he was basically using a broom stick for the pole vault before you discount that mark.
kwazy kiwi
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 3:49PM - in reply to King of Sweden Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Also, very little training.
The greatest "natural" of all time.
5krnr
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 3:58PM - in reply to kwazy kiwi Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Wasn't the "pit" used for high jump and pole vault also made with saw dust?
trailrunner63
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 4:01PM - in reply to 5krnr Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

5krnr wrote:

Wasn't the "pit" used for high jump and pole vault also made with saw dust?


Heck, it was probably sand, at least the HJ.
jsquire
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 4:04PM - in reply to King of Sweden Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He ran faster for 1500 than Dan O'Brien did.

Aside from advances in training and/or drugs (let's be real, folks), what other differences are there?

Cinder track (maybe 0.2 sec per 100m difference)
No starting blocks - you dug holes for your feet
Not only was the pole made of wood, they didn't even have a plant box
Shot & disc had only basic techniques developed -- done on grass & in spikes
Ditto for the high jump
Hurdles were like upside-down "T"s and did nasty things to your crotch if you hit them

Frank Zarnowski put together a "relative score" system for decathlons. Decathletes' scores are compared to how then-current World Records would score in the ten events. Thorpe is far ahead of everyone else.
Multi-eventer
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 4:15PM - in reply to King of Sweden Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Beat them all already!
Mtn Dew
RE: Jim Thorpe Decathlon Marks 3/21/2006 4:40PM - in reply to kwazy kiwi Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thorpe, if alive today, would score like 9,200 points.