Thursday, February 9, 2012

This Day In Track History- February 9th

This day in track history...

1993- Irina Privalova of Russia set the Women's 60m dash world record with a time of 6.92 seconds in Madrid, Spain.  During the race, she was also credited with the world record in the 50m dash.  Irina went on to tie her own world record just two days later at the same event.  Irina had a long and glorious athletics career for Russia including winning a Gold Medal in the 400m hurdles in Sydney in 2000.

1990- Doina Melinte of Romania set the world record in the Women's Mile run with a time of 4:17.14 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.  This performance came at the end of a long and consistent career for Doina.  She was a two time world champion and 2 time Olympic medalist- 1 silver and 1 gold.

Both of these records have stood for a long time.  That fact, along with where each of these women are from leads me to believe that there might have been some PEDs behind that Berlin Wall.  But maybe not, in either case these are crazy performances!


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