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Kim Stevenson
RE: A Lydiard Thread
I thought I would stay out of answering "give me a break".
However, one comment I will "jump on".
You mention the legtimacy of the measurement of grass tracks.
I feel I am somewhat of an expert in this area having put down at least one track a year for 27 years and as many as three per year on occasion.
Yes ! there is a chance that some are inaccurate, but in general you would be surprised just how accurate they can be. I checked my Survey pegs for my main track a few months ago and we are in good shape (This is for a High School running its own Track & field Champs)
Regarding the tracks that Snell ran the records on, In order for a World record to be set the tracks had to be certified again after the event(ie re surveyed/measured) in all aspects from the distance to the 'fall' in the straights.This was an IAAF requirement.
the Surveyor had to be an "independent' person. ie someone not involved in track and field.
Both Grass Tracks, Wanganui and Christchurch passed the test.
Also : Snell did not have the fastest mile on Wangnui, Jurgen May ran 3:53.8 in 1966 and Kip Keino ran 3:54.1 in late 1965. so it was avery fast grass Track.

The problem with grass tracks is the quality of the surface not the inaccuracy.
My track has terrible 'grass' , soft and can be very 'wet'. I have a kid who can run 50 secs for on Mondo but has not broken 53 on our "Dog Track".

As for the arguments re Anti Arthur, look at the subject !!.
We are discussing "How" Arthur did things. We already know his record and we know that can be argued until the cows come home.

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