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Subject: RE: I miss Mary Slaney
And when you couple it with her victory in the 3000, it may have been the best performance by an American distance runner ever.
I was in England in 1983 for that inaugural WC. It was a huge deal in Europe and coverage was extensive. Remember, because of the Olympic boycotts in 76 and 80 this was the first competition in a long time where all the world's top athletes were present.
The media played up the competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Bloc (I believe East Germany won the most golds) and when Mary went head-to-head with the Russians and came out on top in both races it got a lot of attention.
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