East African fan wrote:
Remember ... they simply work harder ... so why wouldn't they also b the best at HJ and PV?
i died laughing during the hurdles, steeples, and field events...the high jump was maybe two be mattresses wide and two deep.
There you go. Nicely put. Really touching, and nicely complementing the ignorance shown by verita. Imagine how hard Kenyan coaches laugh at the US college steeple, where going sub-9:00 (13% slower than WR, or the equivalent of 10.8 for the 100) is considered meaningful.
Put this year's cohort of 14 year-old Kenyans into US schools, and channel the promising ones to whatever track/field events they show talent for. Your 2024 teams in every event but the sprints and shot/hammer/discus will be covered without using a single US-born athlete.
I find it very irritating, when some misinformed nut spreads such a sort of fantasy mythology. Do you know, mister, what's the average height of young men in Kenya? It's about 171 cm. Do you think that this country has a great potential in athletic events requiring statures 185+ cm tall? Furthermore, the average East African has BMI of about 17-21 kg/m2. The lowest out of all human groups in the world.
There is a fundamental reason, why Kenya doesn't produce any world-class sportsmen except distance running. The average Kenyan body type is positioned on the extreme fringe of the human range, and is suitable only for few international sports.