The funny thing is Haile is actually 65.
the Murikan way wrote:
No, no, no, you're doing it wrong. When young Africans run fast, we claim they've underestimated their age and they're really like 25 or 28. When old Africans run fast, we claim they've overestimated their age and they're really like 33 or 35. Everyone knows that no one, not even Africans, can run that fast as a teenager or in their 40s.
And sure, some of you math whizzes will claim that means Geb only aged about 10 years in the past 22, but you forget that time moves more slowly in Africa. It has to. Otherwise that ruins all the American excuses.
Well put. I've been wanting to post a comment along these lines for a while but couldn't come up with good phrasing. Clearly this blatant African slowed time doping must be stopped!
There's an obvious explanation for all of this in Einstein's Theory of Relativity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_relativity).
An object moving at high velocities, according to this well-known theory, will experience two important phenomena. The first, Lorentz contraction, means that the object will appear to an observer to be shorter (contracted) along its direction of motion. The second, time dilation, means that time will pass more slowly in the frame of reference of the moving object than it will in the frame of reference of a slower or stationary observer.
What on earth, you ask, does this have to do with East African runners? Evidently, the best Kenyans and Ethiopians are so good that they approach relativistic velocities while running: thus, to the Western observer, they are contracted in direction of their horizontal motion (which is why Asbel Kiprop appears so damned skinny), and time passes more slowly for them during their running careers, enabling them to be obviously too old as teenagers, yet plainly too young as masters runners.