The chinese women's performances continue to puzzle me.
If they were cheating, what were they using???
How did they run so much faster than others who were known or found out to be cheaters? (Eastern Europeans)
Whether they were or were not cheating, what other factors may have contributed to the performances??
I think there is a lot to be learned and understood here,
quite apart from the turtle soup/caterpillar fungus or whatever.
I was quoted at the time as saying something like this,
" We have had 5 or 6 women from Canada run somewhere between 4:00 and 4:06 for 1500 metres over the past 5 or 6
years." I see absolutely no reason why these women, if they were taken away from their families, their schools, and any other societal influences, at a relatively young age (12/13/14), and trained very, very hard, and with only the "strongest" surviving, why several of these women would not have run well under 4:00, with maybe the best under 3:55, and that's from a small country (population-wise) with a lot of winter climate. I still
believe that. And that's not even including the whole
psycho-socio-cultural thing of the Chinese/Asian mindset,
which I believe has some fundamental differences from our
"Western" mindset.....generality, I know.