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RE: Oregon women break collegiate record in 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 (42.34 and 1:28.78)
I've never thought before about the fact that the 4x200 would be slower than the 4x100 times two.
I guess because many top athletes in top shape go slightly faster in the 200 than double their 100, the 4x200 should be faster than double the 4x100.
But of course, top athletes only match or beat their 100 time doubled in the 200 because of the acceleration penalty in the 100. In the 4x100, there is no acceleration penalty other than in the first leg, so the slight slowdown later in the 200m means that the 4x200 is clearly going to be slower than double the 4x100, or than an 8x100 would be.
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