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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
29279 posts
8/15/2017 1:08 pm
ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO

Daley Thompson:


Daley Thompson:


Daley Thompson:


Carl Lewis:


Carl Lewis:



Very recently I came across the photograph of Daley Thompson, a British Olympian decathlete, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the question, 'Is the world’s 2nd greatest athlete gay?'. When I first came across this in the 1980s, I just dismissed it as attention-seeking bravado from Daley Thompson.

But now, over 30 years later, I see Daley Thompson’s 'bravado' as provocative, insulting and even hateful. It was none of Daley Thompson’s business to 'out' Carl Lewis. How times change!

I know it’s difficult to judge people in the past living under different standards than those accepted nowadays. But it was the 1980s, the decade of HIV/AIDS and increasing gay awareness and acceptance, and I now question my reaction at the time; all I can say is that it was a reflection of where I was at that time.

The IAAF’s World Championships for track and field athletics very recently took place in London. It was the last time that Usain Bolt ran competitively (plus also the last time Mo Farah raced in a major championship).

The World Championships didn’t follow the script; Usain Bolt lost out to Justin Gatlin, who received a very hostile reaction from the spectators because of his two previous doping bans, and Mo Farah didn’t follow up his win in the 10,000 metres with victory in the 5,000 metres. But that’s sport for you!

Usain Bolt is a legend; he is the fastest man in the world (at least over 100 and 200 metres). Millions of people just wanted to see him run fast. The Jamaican sprinter transcends sport like no other sportsperson since Muhammad Ali.

I think Usain Bolt is the best athlete the world has ever seen. I don’t think athletics will recover from Usain Bolt’s retirement for a very long time.


Who do you think is the best track and field athlete ever?
Do you enjoy watching track and field athletics?
Do or did you do any track and field athletics?


There’s Eunice Barber, Bob Beamon, Kenenisa Bekela, Sergey Bubka, Sebastian Coe (now the head of the IAAF), Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Allyson Felix, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Cathy Freeman, Justin Gatlin, Haile Gebrselassie, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Florence Griffith Joyner, Yelena Isinbayeva, Michael Johnson, Marion Jones, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carolina Klüft, Carl Lewis, Catherine Ndereba, Jesse Owens, Sanya Richards-Ross, David Rudisha, Javier Sotomayor, David Storl, Daley Thompson, Lasse Viren, David Weir and Jan Železný to consider as the world’s best track and field athlete, plus a few more I haven’t listed.

I like watching athletics, especially track athletics in major championships. I like the 100 metres the best; there’s something primeval about watching the fastest person on the planet.

At school I was an okay cross-country runner but I was useless on the track especially the short distance events. I was the tortoise, not the hare!

Usain Bolt:


Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt:


Mo Farah and Usain Bolt:


Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin:


Usain Bolt:



spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
8/15/2017 1:10 pm

Now a little bit older the 100 metres is a long distance event for me!


pocogato12 70F
37236 posts
8/15/2017 1:20 pm

100 meters- are you doing free-style?? A pool would be less taxing on aged bones.

I couldn't run my way out of a large paper
I enjoy track and field
Tie between Jesse Owen and Flo-Jo

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author51 59F  
130010 posts
8/15/2017 1:20 pm

I was sad to see him go out at the end in the relay.He is and will be a legend in the field of sports for decades to come and has seemed to be a class act indeed. I can not remember Daley Thompson wearing that. None of his business and very rude indeed.Not good sportsmanship at all...

I do not miss watching the World's nor the Olympics and yes I ran track in public as well as high school. Hurdler, 4by100 relay, 200 and 400 and the high jump as well as cross country were my sports...in the summer along with baseball.lol


lindoboy100 59M  
23969 posts
8/15/2017 1:58 pm

1. Jesse Owens, primarily for what he represented in such dark days in the lead up to WW2.
2. Loved it once upon a time, then the drug culture intervened. That started back in the late 60s and 70s, now it's in all track and field sports. I loved London 2012 all the same, it remains one of the sporting hiighlights of my life.
3. Nope, well, 1500m I was good at, then ran a few 10Ks and half marathons later in life. Haven't run for years though.

I remember the DT event, I was furious, disgusted, a very close relative of mine was coming out at the time and DT's antics encouraged a few misplaced comments from people who should have known better.

Curious too that the vast majority of the top track and field athletes are african background, I wonder what the whitey supremacists make of that.

Brilliant post as ever McP. (How about one about sporting highlights? )


sexysixties2 104F
39750 posts
8/15/2017 2:00 pm

I don't know much about athletics so really can't answer any of your questions. I have heard of Usain Bolt though and was sorry he didn't bow out with a win.

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sweet_VM 63F  
81699 posts
8/15/2017 2:59 pm

Carl Lewis then Bolt but there is a new guy from Canada in town called degrass.. If he had not injured himself on this last race he would have the title now.. Yes I been watching track and field.. hugs V

Become a blog watcher sweet_vm


skyhawk4u 66M
527 posts
8/15/2017 4:15 pm

Your left off Edwin Moses, an American former track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals and set the world record in the event four times.

For tgr lighter side Bruce(or should i say Caitlyn) Jenner, gold metal winner in the decathlon.


skyhawk4u 66M
527 posts
8/15/2017 4:16 pm

I also ran the 200 meter, 200 relay and long jumped.


citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
8/16/2017 7:45 am

Who do you think is the best track and field athlete ever? Got to go for Mo.
Do you enjoy watching track and field athletics? I do. I watched a lot of the recent World Championship.
Do or did you do any track and field athletics? No, it was either football, rugby or cricket during my school years.

I had to feel sad for Usain Bolt....one race too many?


lok4fun500 M  
51906 posts
8/16/2017 12:05 pm

I watch track & field during the Olympics and root for Canadians


wickedeasy 72F
32404 posts
8/18/2017 3:46 pm

i was a sprinter so i love field and track. Jackie Joyner Kersee is pretty high on my list.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 3:00 am

    Quoting pocogato12:
    100 meters- are you doing free-style?? A pool would be less taxing on aged bones.

    I couldn't run my way out of a large paper
    I enjoy track and field
    Tie between Jesse Owen and Flo-Jo
I always preferred swimming over running; it's less tiring!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 3:53 am

    Quoting author51:
    I was sad to see him go out at the end in the relay.He is and will be a legend in the field of sports for decades to come and has seemed to be a class act indeed. I can not remember Daley Thompson wearing that. None of his business and very rude indeed.Not good sportsmanship at all...

    I do not miss watching the World's nor the Olympics and yes I ran track in public as well as high school. Hurdler, 4by100 relay, 200 and 400 and the high jump as well as cross country were my sports...in the summer along with baseball.lol
With your skating, you were a very sporty person.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:06 am

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    1. Jesse Owens, primarily for what he represented in such dark days in the lead up to WW2.
    2. Loved it once upon a time, then the drug culture intervened. That started back in the late 60s and 70s, now it's in all track and field sports. I loved London 2012 all the same, it remains one of the sporting hiighlights of my life.
    3. Nope, well, 1500m I was good at, then ran a few 10Ks and half marathons later in life. Haven't run for years though.

    I remember the DT event, I was furious, disgusted, a very close relative of mine was coming out at the time and DT's antics encouraged a few misplaced comments from people who should have known better.

    Curious too that the vast majority of the top track and field athletes are african background, I wonder what the whitey supremacists make of that.

    Brilliant post as ever McP. (How about one about sporting highlights? )
A post on sporting highlights would be very interesting. The 1972 FA Cup final always sticks in my mind!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:08 am

    Quoting sexysixties2:
    I don't know much about athletics so really can't answer any of your questions. I have heard of Usain Bolt though and was sorry he didn't bow out with a win.
It'll be interesting to see what Usain Bolt does next. I think he may pursue an acting career.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:09 am

    Quoting sweet_VM:
    Carl Lewis then Bolt but there is a new guy from Canada in town called degrass.. If he had not injured himself on this last race he would have the title now.. Yes I been watching track and field.. hugs V
I'm now going to watch out for Andre De Grasse following your tip-off.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:15 am

    Quoting skyhawk4u:
    Your left off Edwin Moses, an American former track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals and set the world record in the event four times.

    For tgr lighter side Bruce(or should i say Caitlyn) Jenner, gold metal winner in the decathlon.
Edwin Moses is a glaring omission from my list of great athletes. He has a great case to be considered the best athlete ever.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:16 am

    Quoting skyhawk4u:
    I also ran the 200 meter, 200 relay and long jumped.
You sound a very sporty person. Thanks for stopping by.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:18 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    Who do you think is the best track and field athlete ever? Got to go for Mo.
    Do you enjoy watching track and field athletics? I do. I watched a lot of the recent World Championship.
    Do or did you do any track and field athletics? No, it was either football, rugby or cricket during my school years.

    I had to feel sad for Usain Bolt....one race too many?
It'll be interesting to see whether Mo Farah will become a top marathon runner.
It's always difficult when a top athlete should retire. If they retire at their peak they only know they've peaked when they lose.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:20 am

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    I watch track & field during the Olympics and root for Canadians
Canadians are always good sports. My ice hockey team has recruited some great Canadians this season.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/3/2017 4:21 am

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    i was a sprinter so i love field and track. Jackie Joyner Kersee is pretty high on my list.
I was useless at sprinting; too much distance to cover!


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