Bill Huntington wrote:
I first visited Hayward Field in August 1968. Jim Ryun raced Marty Liquori in an Olympic Trials tuneup meet. Ryun won 3:59.0 to 3:59.3. I remember it was raining and they still had the old cinder track.
Next time I went was 1971 AAU. Pre won the 3-mile against Shorter and Lindgren. Also was at the 1972 OT when Pre won the 5,000 against George Young in an AR 13:22.8.
Since then, attended many Pre Classics and other events. Saw Rudy Chapa and Alberto Salazar run a great 3,000 at Oregon Twilight. I think Chapa ran an AR 7:37, Salazar about 7:43.
i saw that 3k, where they ran like possessed demons with a plan, sharing the lead and switching, maybe they intended to go for even the world record?
Chapa was capable of WR for 5000m and maybe 10000 m. but he was burnt by 26 and no olympics, not even one. Oregon burnt them all at that time. David Mack survived best for longevity, even though they had him doing the 8 and 400 relay all the time....