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RE: Emiel Putteman and Dave Bedford Could Have Broken World 10,000m Record in 1972 Olympic Heats?
They were very foolish, pure and simple.

They did the same thing in the final, going out in 60 seconds the first lap, while Viren was in the back of the field conserving his energy.

In his book, Viren wrote, the question is not why he ran so well, but why the others ran so poorly.

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