Quote Of The Day
“In order to hit 1:59:59 by 2019, we are talking an improvement of 2:57, or 2.4% on the current world record, within five years. That is the equivalent of applying science to help Usain Bolt (or one of his countrymen) to run 9.35s, or to get David Rudisha or Nijel Amos down to a 1:38.5. These improvements simply do not happen unless there is:
a) emergence of an entirely new population, or;
b) unrestricted application of technology, which in this case could include doping.”
– Ross Tucker of the Science of Sport, writing about why a group that launched this week hoping to develop a sub-2 hour marathoner within 5 years is going to waste a lot of money. Tucker points out that greyhounds and horses haven’t gotten faster over the last 30 years. Humans may be reaching their genetic limit as well.
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