Renato Canova wrote:
So, the situation is very clear : if African have interest in running, involving the 50% of young people, and Western People has no interest, involving 0,0005 % of young people, of course the winners are Africans.
Renato, this is simply not true.
I spent 12 hours today officiating an indoor track meet in one of the smaller states in the United States.
The population in America is TEN TIMES that of Kenya.
There are MANY MORE COMPETITIVE RUNNERS IN AMERICA THAN IN KENYA.
Tens of thousands of cross-country and track runners who compete, 3 times a year, 4 years of high school, and more still in college.
There is NOT ONE capable of doing what the Kenyans do; there is no 18 year old American running 12:52 and winning a WC Gold (like Kipchoge).
There is American training for 2 months and running 26:30.
There is no American running the Carlsbad 5K AT 17 YEARS OLD and running his first mile in 3:58 (!!!) and running 13:00 TWO STRAIGHT YEARS (like Sammy Kipketer).
And there is surely no American, not one even close with any amount of talent and any background (we are a country of 300 million people, 1/3 of a billion, and Kenya of 30 million, and the number of runners many times smaller), living at altitude, with any diet and any training and any mental toughness, running 4:03 per mile for 5,000 meters, or 4:14 per mile for 10,000 meters, and running an Olympic Gold Medal Championship Record 10,000m with the last 400m in 53.02.
I respect your opinion very much, but it does not explain why it is that so many American distance runners work VERY, VERY hard and DO train properly or quite near to it and yet CANNOT compete with the Africans.