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Poster: Stating the obvious
Subject: RE: Did Kip Keino Really Run The 10k and 5k Before Crushing Jim Ryun in 1,500 at 1968 Olympics?
Ryun always rocked his head!
Its interesting that this debate still goes on over 40 years later. Both were GREAT runners. Keino made a tremendous effort that olympics that is now justly folklore (was he really thinking of not running the final after running prelims and semi? Did he miss the bus or was it stuck in traffic?)
But Keino couldn't touch him normally in the mile/1500.
Altitude training wasn't very well understood then and Ryun wasn't prepared as well as he thought he was. I've heard him talk about this race and he said he put it all out there and felt like he was going to die. The hostility he felt from the USA for only getting the silver was significant.
And yes, these days are different. He would have had WC to fight for and they would have advanced him in Munich on the foul (shocking they didn't). I love how much simpler things were then, people taking buses to their olympic finals etc.
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