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This Day in Track & Field–April  14

1946—Italy’s Adolfo Consolini improved his 5-year old World Record (175-0 [53.34]) in the Discus twice in Milan, first to 176-1 (53.69) and then to 178-2 (54.32).

            Consolini, a 3-time European Champion, would have been the favorite had the 1944 Olympics not been canceled due to World War II, but he took advantage of a 2nd chance by winning the gold medal at the 1948 Games in London. He would win Olympic silver four years later in Helsinki. He set his final World Record of 181-6 (55.33) in 1948, after the London Olympics.

            He would recite the athletes’ oath when the Olympics came to Rome in 1960.

https://www.olympedia.org/athletes/71922

Photoshttp://www.listal.com/list/adolfo-consolini

 

1979–Coming off an indoor season that saw him set 7 World Records, it seemed inevitable that Maryland sophomore Renaldo Nehemiah would get the outdoor record, but he surprised even himself when he got it in his first meet, running 13.16 at the Bruce Jenner Classic in San Jose to break Cuban Alejandro Casañas’ previous mark of 13.21.

From Steve McGill’s “Master of the Art Form”:

  “I ran 13.16 at the Bruce Jenner meet right after spring break. I didn’t wanna run the race because Dedy Cooper was gonna be there, and I didn’t feel I was ready to run against him. But coach [Frank Costello] said I’d be okay, and I said, I don’t want to run the race. So I don’t know if it was pride, anger, or flying three thousand miles [to California], but I was motivated. I ran 13.16 for the world record, and that had to be off of volume because we hadn’t done any [speed work] yet.”

http://tinyurl.com/Nehemiah1316

McGill hosted a Zoom call with Nehemiah and Jean Poquette, his high school coach, in 2021.

https://hurdlesfirstbeta.com/2021/04/24/zoom-call-with-nehemiah/

1979–Lorna Griffin threw the Discus 188-4 (57.40) in Seattle to break her own month-old American Record of 187-8 (57.20). Griffin would set a total of nine ARs in the Discus during the 1979 and 1980 seasons, topping out at 207-5 (63.22).

Looking Back(2012): http://spufalcons.com/news/2012/7/18/12_gen_July27.aspx

2001—Future stars were among the winners at the Arcadia (CA) H.S. Inv.:

Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist/CA-100/11.83, 200/23.48)—See April 13

Shannon Rowbury (Sacred Heart,CA-800/2:08.52…bronze medalist in the 1500 at the 2009 World Championships; former

American Record holder at 1500 and 5000 meters

Lashinda Demus (Long Beach Wilson,CA-300 hurdles/40.70)…2011 World Champion-400 hurdles, gold medalist at the

2012 Olympics and a 3-time medalist at the World Championships (silver-2005 & 2009, bronze-2013…former

American Record holder (52.47)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lashinda_Demus

Alan Webb (South Lakes,VA-mile/4:01.81-Outdoor PR/ set the Outdoor Record of 3:53.43 the following

month)…former American Record holder in the Mile—3:46.91

Monique Henderson (Morse,CA-400/52.51)…2-time Olympic gold medalist-4×400 (2004, 2008)

DyeStat Coveragehttp://archive.dyestat.com/us/1out/Arcadia/index.htm

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