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This Day in Track & Field-April 22

1967–Texas A&M’s Randy Matson bettered his own World Record in the Shot Put with his throw of 71-5 ½ (21.78) in College Station, Texas (Still #10 All-Time College/indoor-outdoor).

 

1979—Deby LaPlante ran 13.10 at the Mt.SAC Relays to set an American Record in the 100-meter hurdles. LaPlante won two indoor (’76,’78) and two outdoor (’78,’79) U.S. titles.

 

1988—Jud Logan set the 9th (and final) American Record of his career with a throw of 268-8 (81.88) at Penn State. He passed away early in 2022 after a long run as the coach at Ashland University.

Jud Logan, Track & Field News cover, 1986

 

2007—Finishing 7th at the London Marathon, Ryan Hall ran 2:08:24, the fastest U.S. debut performance ever in the event. The previous best of 2:09:41 was jointly held by Alberto Salazar (1980) and Alan Culpepper (1992). The winner of the race was Kenya’s Martin Lel (2:07:41).

Among the men dropping out in the warm conditions were some of the biggest names in marathoning—2004 Olympic medalists Stefano Baldini (Gold/Italy) and Meb Keflezighi (Silver/USA), former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi, and Haile Gebrselassie (ETH). World Record holder Paul Tergat (KEN) could only manage a 6th-place finish.

The winner of the Women’s race was China’s Chunxiu Zhou (2:20:38).

http://www.marathonguide.com/news/exclusives/LondonMarathon_2007/LondonMarathon2007PostRace.cfm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_London_Marathon

Highlightshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgpnUgz__6Q

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