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August 7, 2012 |
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Recently, the NY Times published an article compiling the past 100 years of statistics in the Men’s 100 meter sprint (here). The comparative results were what some historians call “interesting”
have minimalist running shoes like the toed shoes been used at all throughout the years for track events?
Pretty amazing what Jesse was doing 80 odd years ago, with no sophisticated training regimes, diets, nutritionists, physios, special shoes or special clothing. It took them almost a century to get a half second off his time. To think what he could do if he were running today.
The roster for the 1st Olympic Marathon included an accountant and a baker.
Now you know.
and a candlestick maker….
But what about the Butcher?
And knowing is power!
Also a movie starring Nicolas Cage.
Opportunity plays a huge factor too.
If every man on the planet raced a 100m dash Bolt would still probably be the fastest due to being recognised and selected to be trained as an athlete , where as if every man on the planet in 1896 raced I'm sure Thomas Burke would have been beaten by some 6"2 healthy farmhand working in some field where the word Olympics had never been spoken.
Highly doubt it. Yes, you might think so but he was training. It is not like they picked him out of a 20 person crowd because he was the fastest.
Opportunity plays a massive part in other events though. I can't remember anyone at school asking me if I wanted a go at 3 day eventing, or clay pigeon shooting.
Actually the athletes of the 1896 Olympics weren't picked at all , they just turned up to compete. In fact some of them were tourists who just happened to be in the area. Also the event featured no black athletes which dominate the sprinting world today.
Don't jump the gun too fast, remember no matter how good you are there is someone out there who is better than you.
Mind bottling isn't it?
Are you serious!? It's "mind boggling"
It's off a will Ferrell movie! Up tight ass^^
No one knows what it means, it's provocative
Did you just say mind bottling?
I wonder how much year round training if any occurred 50-100 years ago compared to now. The amount of work these athletes are putting in just to shave a tenth of a second is astounding.
And if I were to race any of them the elementary school kid could probably beat me, (joke font on) but once I caught him I would sit on him and make him give me his lunch money. (joke font off)
Usain Bolt: 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Carl Lewis: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Linford Christie: 1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)
Maurice Greene: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Jim Hines: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Jesse Owens: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
I think height is an important factor…the average is growing in the history….(exception: Maurice Green is an outsider)
Yea but who has the biggest set of balls?
That's the real question here
i wonder if timing equipement was taken into account. I doubt they were that accurate in 1890.
um…. okay? like he said, it's "the difference in nutrition, fitness, footwear and track surfaces".
not to mention modern medicine which helps these athletes recover faster and easier, state of the art training facilities, and corporate sponsors that allow these athletes to do nothing but practice
yes yes quite right
This is pretty cool but what I'd really like to see is some just "average" people and their times for visual comparison.
The difference between 19 and 21 centuries athletes …….. ready for it.. steroids. Cuz u know theres never been a reported case of steroid use by olympic athletes
The difference between 19th and 21st century couch potatoes is… ready for it. Acceptance. They accepted that they didn't have a talent for the sport instead of blaming something else for their failure. You know, because non of use have ever blamed something else for our faults.
Has anyone else noticed that 99% are black? Is it considered non-PC to mention that glaring fact?
No, they generally have more fast-twitch fibres in their muscles and higher testosterone levels. Facts are non racist. How many black swimmers are there, for example.
I know it's a taboo topic but is it possible that with the use of Africans for slavery to cause this? Back then the biggest and strongest men were selectively bred, doesn't it make sense for more blacks to have the genes to carry those traits?
Thats actually a good point, and also, I'm wondering about Bob's comment about black swimmers. What genetic handicap do blacks have in regards to swimming?
(Thats a sincere question). The only black swimmer I've seen so far is USA's Cullen Jones. Maybe blacks have the type of muscles that are suited for shorter performances whereas whites have muscles more suited for lengthy performances?
Not really, the whole eugenics thing was largely a myth. Of course genetics is something of a factor but environment, diet and motivation are the largest factors. Black people are generally lower on the socio economic spectrum than whites or asians and so rely more on athletic scholarships to get into college. Therefore they're more highly motivated to excel in athletics.
im wondering how much of the older speeds had to do with manual timing?
Throw a centipede at me and I'll beat Usain Bolt's record.
This is clearly a flawed 100 meter race. It's all white guys….
This was a very well done presentation.
Why no mention of Donovon Bailey he ran a 9.83 in Atlanta in 1996.
You Just had to go an say that the majority were amereicans You. should of noted that it is a Declining trend, even though you have the best facilities in the world, it all comes down to raw talent and hard work, and not where you're from
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It's evolution baby
Thats pretty cool.
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