1972 Olympic 800m Final (Hi Quality)





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Published on Mar 8, 2007

Better quality video than other 800m finals video. Dave Wottle gives us one of the most brilliant Olympic performances ever, or at least the most under rated one.

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Commentators knew how to do their job back in the day , "everyone told him not to marry his wife but it worked anyway"
i was so stressed watching that
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I just watched this and now I am motivated to take my grueling 2 mile jog followed by a three hour nap.
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Thing that stood out to me the most is the countries in the race - Soviet Union, East Germany - as a nineties kid it's weird to hear them referenced.  Great race, though, love the hat.
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Timmy Too Turnt Up
lol that dude came out with a hat on like he just finished mowing the lawn
Suzi M
LOL, "He's got one Kenyan!  He's got the other Kenyan!"  Can you imagine any announcer saying that today?  You'd have the entire PC police force going crazy.
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Greenwolfe Green
This was one of the most strategically intelligent races ever run. Wottle was magical and his feat will never be forgotten. By the way, he was so focused that he forgot to remove his cap during the playing of the anthem at the awards ceremony. Even his mother asked him if he was "protesting" something. It was only then that he noticed he was still wearing his cap. Hehehehee. 
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Patrick Curley
I remember as a high school cross-country runner trying to sprint with the rabbits in a race and ending up unable to finish without walking at the end.  So I decided to try going nice and easy at first, but make sure I ran all the way.  First race I did this was a big regional meet with something like 500 runners.  I was dead last when we went off the track and into the woods, but I kept passing people.  At the end I was 25th out of 500.  Dave Wottle was my idol and inspiration. 
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Wow, he did 800m in only 1 minute, 45 seconds, and 86 Stars of David.  That's impressive.  Most runners only have 50 to 60 stars of David in an 800m run.
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David Sprenkle
It sure looks like an amazing kick. However, Wottle just ran even splits (every 200 m at the same pace) and let the other runners burn themselves out with their inefficient tactics. Sometimes dorky non-conformists finish first?
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