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|Author: ||Sir Lance-alot|
|Subject: ||RE: Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai : the role of Claudio Berardelli, and analysis of something new in training |
Coach D wrote:
The same Lydiard-influenced methods, the same slow long runs and such, yield the same results (for the best available athletes)....while the Africans have dropped the hammer by more than a full minute, presumably due to higher levels of intensity in training that you see here.
In the UK, from what I've read, young athletes don't want to do the kind of training that Coe did....and the results are what you see.
Of course you are leaving out an extremely big part of the equation. What else is different between the east africans and non-east africans since the 80's besides your contention (which we will assume is partly correct) of more intense training by east africans? MORE MASS PARTICIPATION BY EAST AFRICANS DUE TO MORE $ IN THE SPORT. During the 60's and 70's and 80's, when non africans seemingly neared their peak (with a few exceptions here and there, like a Hall and Mottram and a few others), there was only a smattering of participation by east africans compared to what exists today. There was a lot of strife in those countries and less organization and attempts to find talent. Once $ really entered the running scene, and some of the strife in those countries decreased a bit, suddenly one saw a great deal more east africans competing in the international scene. Now that has been going on for awhile, we may have seen the near peak of those athletes too. I frankly don't see anyone coming along that is much better than a Bekele or Geb or Komen. Maybe a little better, but not much.
Non-africans were competing en masse for a much longer time than east africans, and that is why they neared their peak sooner. It is similar to the difference between east african men and women. The men have been going at it with a greater participation and focus than the women, and that is why they are more dominant. However, the east african women are getting more opportunities and their dominance is growing. But as great as Dibaba and Defar are, I don't think the women have found their Bekele or Geb just yet. Soon they probably will.
So the non-africans plateauing sooner than the East African have has more to do with the late start the east african had as far as mass participation internationally than it does with some big change in training that they adopted while non-east africans continued to do the "same old same old." But if you want to prove me wrong, adopt these new methodologies, apply them to non africans, and let's see some sub 12:55's and sub 27's and sub 2:06's by non africans.
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