forgotten white athletes?

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  1. greyghost

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    Not to forgot a chap from Scotland in the early 70s called McNeill beat tommy smith 2 times over 120 yards ....he had world records over 120 yards .....came from trenant Scotland ....he played pro soccer ..therefor lost his right to compete for Britain in the 72 /76 Olympics ......an amazing talent lost to Olympic administrative garbage ....
     
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    Mastermulti - I'm surprised you haven't weighed in on Rick Mitchell.
     
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    This is a European athlete athlete I followed in the 90s. He was a fine 100 metre sprinter, Norway's best (looked more like a Swedish model) -
    Geir Moen who in 1996 at 27 years of age reached a career high point that culminated in a 10.08 (+0.6) and a 20.17 (1.8), extremely good for a European 1/4 century ago.
     
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    Outstanding video. Thanks for posting that blast from the past. I remember him slightly. What a great racer he was over both distances.
     
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    Geir Moen was quite a talent.
    He won the European Championships in the 200m, at that same meet where he came 2nd to Christie in the 100m.
    He also won the 200m at the World Indoor Championships in 1995, and finished 6th at the outdoor World Championships.

    It still blows my mind how little Norway has turned out such big running talent.
    For example, Geir Moen was a more successful sprinter than any German male sprinter of the 30 yrs that I can think of.
    Jacob ingebrigsten is a more successful distance runner than any German distance runner.
    And Karsten Warholm may be the greatest 400m hurdler of all time! . . . . although Harold Schmid was excellent too.

    Btw, Norway has a population of less than 6 million; Germany more than 80 million.
     
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    time for another "forgotten" post. I have spoken about Darren before. His 44.38 from 1988 is still our record and a very good time for 33 years (1/3rd century) ago.
    Twice knocked into 4th place by drug cheats at 1984/1988 Olympic Games this was his first international outdoor championship. He was 18 at LA

     
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    seen here in Seoul at 22 running his Australian record in some good company

     
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    This story is so heartbreaking but he is a champion regardless of if he ever acheives success on a track again. We will always wonder what could
    have been and how fast he could of run? I just hope he can remain healthy on and off the track even if his fastest days are in the rear view mirror. The
    kid is a class act. Thanks for posting this great article! :)
     

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