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Poster: David Katz
Subject: RE: Is Khalid Khannouchi the greatest American Marathoner of All-Time?
We need to remeber that our sports is based on competition. We record times (and distances) for historical purposes. The Greatest in Athletics - regardless of the event has always been based on their ability to win the big races, the big show downs. Rarely are distance records set in the World Championships or the Olympics. The win is valued higher then anything else. Olympic and World Champions are virtual Gods in many countries. Records will always be broken but Gold Medals are never taken away (except for the those who obtained them via drugs).
I think Frank Shorter had won the Fukuoka Marathon several times prior to his gold in 1972. Fukuoka was considered the "unoffcial" world marathon championship. He has two Olympic medals in his pocket (should have been 2 gold). If you ask the athletes they will tell you what's more important.
You need to win the big ones to be considered the best.
Paula has one the World Championship. Greatness is counted by gold not by a clock. I think the winner of the Marathon Major would also rank high to determine ones greatness. Anyone who can defeat the best in the world over a two year period is truly great.
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