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Wilson Kipketer to retire next year
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:44 pm    Post subject: Wilson Kipketer to retire next year Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/4424481.stm

Sad, one of my all-time favorites.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah just amazing to see that guy in full flight - always seemed to be a real stand up guy as well.

I hope he has just an amazing final year
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'll probably end up being a difficult guy to figure his place in the history of the event, given his overall dominance and various misfortunes (country inelligibility, malaria, injuries, etc.) at the most inopportune times.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed - I think overall it will be tough but there will be no denying that he is one of the best the event has seen - say top 10 I would think...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No question top-10. I'd put him top-2, but I just can't quite decide how he ranks relative to Coe, who also had his share of ups and downs. Snell and Cruz and Boit and a few others might merit consideration, but certainly not enough to bump Kipketer out of the top-5.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd put him at #1 ... I liked Coe a lot - one of my favorite all time Brits - but Kipketer did a lot more ...

Coe split his time between the 8 & 15 ... He had a couple of great seasons, but could never win the big one .... Ovett beat him in Moscow ... Cruz in Los Angeles ... And in between Ferner beat him at Euros ...

On the other hand Kipketer did win in Goteborg, Athens, and Seville ... He just got beat out in Sydney ... I think he had the greatest period of time ever in the event when you look at the fact that he did win AND his sequence of marks is unequaled by anyone ...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it would be hard to argue anyone but Kipketer as number 1.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel a list coming on... By the way I am shocked that the big Lagat News has not made it on here yet
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a starting point here are the top 10 times Best per individual

1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer (Den) 1997
1:41.73 Seb Coe (GB) 1981
1:41.77 Joaquim Cruz (Bra) 1984
1:42.28 Sammy Koskei (Ken) 1984
1:42.34 Wilfred Bungei (Ken) 2002
1:42.47 Yuriy Borzakovskiy (Rus) 2001
1:42.55 André Bucher (Swi) 2001
1:42.58 Vebjørn Rodal (Nor) 1996
1:42.60 Johnny Gray (US) 1985
1:42.62 Patrick Ndururi (Ken) 1997

to go by TFN rankings
Points in order
Coe 78
Boit 65
Kipketer 64
Whitfield 63
Gray 62
Moens 60
Boysen 55
Wint 49
Robinson 47
Kemper and Wullbeck 43

Most rankings
Gray 11
Coe 10
Barbosa & Boysen 9
Boit, Robinson, Whitfield 8

Most No 1's
kipketer, whitfield 5
coe, snell 4
7 more with 2

Personally even with the two olympic losses I give Coe the nod as #1 all time (but then again I have always been a big Coe Fan)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be eating my words though I just found the website that lists best performances up to and including 2001

to that point 1:43 had only been broken 50 times

almost 40% of those times were by one individual - Kipketer 19 times out of the 50

Coe was only under 1:43 twice

Johnny Gray 4 times
Kimutai - 4 times

Cruz - 6 times

very interesting
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AM_Runner wrote:
I may be eating my words though I just found the website that lists best performances up to and including 2001

to that point 1:43 had only been broken 50 times

almost 40% of those times were by one individual - Kipketer 19 times out of the 50

Coe was only under 1:43 twice

Johnny Gray 4 times
Kimutai - 4 times

Cruz - 6 times

very interesting


You beat me to it ... I was going to look up times under 1:43 casue I knew that Coe only had a couple and that Kipketer had many ... Coe has more ranking points only because Kipketer had the years of illness .... He won more titles, ran fast more consistently, and ranked one more times ... I think that out points Coe's edge in total TFN ranking points .... Coe has a bit more longevity, but Kipketer was far and away the better performer ...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the top performances lists for the 800m really highlight Kipketer's dominance and consistency, and Coe's lack of top level performances really makes it tough for me to give him as much credit as most people do.

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By the way I am shocked that the big Lagat News has not made it on here yet

Just saw it myself this evening.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/4440823.stm

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had planned to post something else but got sidetracked with the whole Kipketer thing I think why not for fun put together an all-time list for people in the half/800M... I will start to put mine togetehr as well

As far as Lagat goes will have to put another post together when I get time but suffice it to say I am pleased with it. I have some reservations but i think there coul dbe more good than bad regarding it
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