Podcast: Big Name Kenyan Bust, Centro vs Ryun + Guest Dr. Madeline Manning Mims- The US 800m GOAT?

By LetsRun.com
April 16, 2020

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Dr. Madeline Manning Mims, arguably the greatest 800m American runner, the 1968 Olympic champ, and someone until who last week we knew very little about is our guest at the [57:42] mark. Manning Mims in addition to her Olympic gold was the first American to run sub 2 minutes, she held the American record for 15 years, and won the US Olympic Trials 4 times in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980. She bridges the gap from Jesse Owens to Wilma Rudolph to Ajee Wilson. She’s now a chaplain who works with US Olympians. You can follow her on facebook here and see her giving an Easter concert from her garage for her neighbors during the COVID-19 shutdown. A nice bio on her is here.

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Prior to Manning Mims we talk drugs, virtual drug testing, possible Olympic bribery, American greats, soccer players running 5ks, threads of the week and more. Detailed show notes below.

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[2:24] Virtual Drug Testing
[6:46] Another big-name Kenyan tests positive, London Marathon Champ Daniel Wanjiru. Asbel Kiprop update
[17:14] Japan Olympic bribery?
[24:05] Great American Distance Runner of All Time: Matthew Centrowitz vs Jim Ryun
[34:46] Galen Rupp v Ryan Hall
Threads of Week:
[36:49] How fast are pro soccer players (Jesse Lingard of Manchester United) running 5ks?
[39:41] A new record from NYC to LA in a car. Guess their time before clicking
[44:00] Lance Armstrong/Alberto/COVID talk/1904 Olympics
[57:42] 800m All-time great Madeline Manning
[62:47] Track career started with physical fitness tests
[67:55] Accidental 1st 800 was an indoor world record
[73:58] College and not knowing “Skeeter” aka Wilma Rudolph
[79:26] 1968 Olympic gold + reception back home + not being a millionaire
[87:01] Other Olympics
[95:24] Getting beat by dopers and being told to dope
[100:12] Running 1:57.9, getting faster with age
[105:25] Could she beat Ajee Wilson?
[107:08] Intersex women in 800 today
[113:36] 1980 Olympic boycott/Mentoring athletes today and what she is telling them about Tokyo postponement

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