For whatever reason it REALLY bothers me, those Chinese female times. I don't know why, since so many of the women's (and perhaps men's) world record times that are still on the books are probably because of drugs, but there's just SOMETHING about those Chinese female times. You would assume that the IAAF would've had to have had multiple confirmations and verifications to make sure those records were legit. Even with drugs, it's hard to imagine an 8:06 female 3000M. Do you think the IAAF ever thinks about things like this? Do you think its members ever question some of the WRs, or do they just not care? I know there's not much that can be done, but I'm just curious.
I once brought up this subject with a Chinese girl I know, and she got very defensive over it, saying that the guy who coached these women (Ma?) was a coaching legend in her country, and that the records were legit, since his coaching methods were just so intense that they forced these girls who had nothing else in their lives to run faster than anyone else in the world. But--to me, at least--it seems a bit naive to think that others don't run their hardest and work out smart. It's a bit insulting to other professional runners to say that these Chinese women just worked harder for the world records than anyone else. But maybe they did? I wish someone would make a movie about the subject, honestly. Or a book.