From Guts to Glory – Epic Races Part 2

Posted by Sam on January 29, 2017

A little motivation for my upcoming training.

Steve Cram vs. Said Aouita 1500m World Record

A world record AND a great race. These were the first men under 3:30 in the 1500m. Cram had to go early and Aoutia gained every step in that final 100m. I won’t spoil the ending. I love the announcer saying “He’s gone desperately early!

Kirui Front Runs Against the GOAT

Ngugi in 1988 is Front Running 101. Ismael Kirui tries his best to imitate. An unknown 18 year old while Haile Geb was just breaking out as an all-star and Skah was a stud. Skip to 5:30 to see the break. I wish someone would for once try something similar against Farah.

Liquori / Ryun Mile @ Penn Relays

Penn Relays in all its glory. David vs. Goliath. Marty Liquori was a stud from Villanova but Jim Ryun was the WR holder at 3:51. Liquori goes with 700m left and it’s a battle the rest of the way.

Haile Geb’s 5k World Record

“He has won two expensive Mercedes motor cars because of his gold medal performances in the world championships. He can’t drive! They’re both sitting in the garage, back home. But my word can he run.”

RIP Yifter the Shifter

He passed recently but performances like this will live on forever. Watch him just obliterate Craig Virgin to finish a 10k, vintage Yifter the Shifter.

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