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sylpascale
RE: Will you accuse Craig Mottram of doping if....
I would like to add that the East Africans do not have the distractions of all the sports to choose from that we have in the US. They also do not have televisions and computers in every room of their house. There are not shopping Malls on every street corner. The main sports to choose from in these countries are running and soccer, and when all the young girls and boys are involved in these activities from a young age, there are bound to be a considerable number of talented athletes emerge. Especially when they have a passion and complete dedication to the sport.
When you factor in that most of these runners come from a background where they have to walk or run a considerable distance to and from school every day from an early age, and they are living at high altitude, then you have a strong foundation to build on once the real intense training starts.
Also, their culture has patience, it takes time to build up to where you can endure the training required to produce world class times at the distances. The Western culture has no patience, everything has to be accomplished or done "right now"
From what I have seen, these are proud people, very humble about their accomplishments, and very approachable, to call them drug cheats is absurd.
Read the book "Train Hard, Win Easy", and you will get an insight into the training that is done to produce the great performances that we have seen.
When Westerners have been able to tolerate and train for periods of time like the Africans (2-3 training sessions per day, for 150-175 miles per week), great results have been produced. For example Lasse Viren, Dave Bedford, Derek Clayton, Alberto Salazar.
How many potential great runners are there in the US right now that are participating in others sports, or not running/competing at all because they are pursuing a career after college because of financial obligations?
Just my two cents................

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