JonD, yes i made up those stats but the point is that the cultural divide is massive between the US and China. American women are (very generally) less likely to commit to a program like the one run in China in the early 90s.
Truthfully, I do find myself being suspicious of the womens times but I also think its very hypocritical to accuse the Chinese women of drug taking and not also suspecting athletes like Paula, Deena, Ndereba and co. Its also hypocritical to assume the innocence of Gebr & Bekele & Komen. After all a 12'59 second 5k in a 10k is pretty astounding considering the caliber of athlete who could never do it once. Has anyone even come close to 7'20 for 3k since Komen ran it?
I realise the circumstances were bizarre but China is a big country and has every right to hold their own meets. Suspicions of faulty lap counting are unfair. Are we to believe every in the stadium that week was in on the con and that none have spoken about it since?
Lastly, the Brit issue (women v men) was a tongue-in-cheek remark but the point is that at the moment, there are no Brit men competing at the international level (ex. Brown) and plenty of women.
In any case 'insitutional doping' has a way of becoming public eventually. East German & Russian athletics, Juventus football club, cycling etc. Time will tell.