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Back before 1992 Olympics, Runner’s World executive editor Amby Burfoot published a cover story “White Men Can’t Run” pointing out the West African / East African distinction between who wins Olympic sprints versus distances races.

At that point, blacks of West African descent had made up all of the last 16 finalists in the Olympics men’s 100m dash, the race that determines the World’s Fastest Man. A white Scotsman had won the 100m dash at the Moscow 1980 Olympics, but in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, all the finalists who had made it through three preliminary rounds were black.

Amazingly, that’s now true for eight straight Olympics; 64 out of the last 64 finalists have been black from 1984 through 2012. That’s one of most astounding statistics in all of human biodiversity studies.

On the other hand, a few non-blacks have had some success in the 100m in recent years. A white Frenchman became the first white man to clearly break the 10 second barrier, getting as low as 9.92 in 2011. And Japanese sprinters regularly make the Olympic semifinals, so this streak no doubt won’t last forever. This spring Bingtian Su of China became the first Asian to run 9.99.

In Beijing, at the current world championships of track & field (one tier below the Olympics), Usain Bolt of Jamaica, 2008-2012 Olympic gold medalist, edged out Justin Gatlin, the American 2004 Olympic gold medalist who was twice subsequently caught for PEDs, in a time of 9.79 to 9.80.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOjtmlW6B9U

Of note, Bingtian Su of China pleased the home fans in the semifinal by tying his recent Asian record of 9.99. In the expanded 9-man final, he finished last at 10.06.

 
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  1. I don’t remember Steve posting on the greatest cheater in world history Lance Armstrong, which seems wanting. Way before that fraud was unmasked, my someone was at a small get together with his ex-wife, who got drunk and, as it began, “Oh I’ll tell ya everything!” What we need are better lie detectors in the media, definitely. But by far the preternatural charlatan was Lance Armstrong. No dumby and one who could really put himself in his own shoes, minus rocket-boosters, which is really unsettling when you understand how elaborate his doping disguises were. I have to think it did no help that his loudest accusers all those years were French cyclists.

    • Replies: @jackmcg
    Lance got a cancer pass. Eventually that wore off. People really wanted to believe in that Livestrong shit, just believe in yourself and work hard and yada yada yada. He was obviously cheating, because everyone else was cheating, and he was DOMINATING the other cheaters (who also had elite genetics and work ethic). Anybody who saw the news of his cheating break and didn't think "yeah... duh" had their head in the sand.
    , @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.
    , @Truth
    For some reason, "dumby" looks weird spelled like that.
  2. @Pat Casey
    I don't remember Steve posting on the greatest cheater in world history Lance Armstrong, which seems wanting. Way before that fraud was unmasked, my someone was at a small get together with his ex-wife, who got drunk and, as it began, "Oh I'll tell ya everything!" What we need are better lie detectors in the media, definitely. But by far the preternatural charlatan was Lance Armstrong. No dumby and one who could really put himself in his own shoes, minus rocket-boosters, which is really unsettling when you understand how elaborate his doping disguises were. I have to think it did no help that his loudest accusers all those years were French cyclists.

    Lance got a cancer pass. Eventually that wore off. People really wanted to believe in that Livestrong shit, just believe in yourself and work hard and yada yada yada. He was obviously cheating, because everyone else was cheating, and he was DOMINATING the other cheaters (who also had elite genetics and work ethic). Anybody who saw the news of his cheating break and didn’t think “yeah… duh” had their head in the sand.

    • Agree: Retired
    • Replies: @Pat Casey
    Yeah I'm not sure what precisely punctured his raft. But I met a former USA cyclist in Charlottesville VA who knew everything and had an interesting story. He had tried to blow the whistle, and then tried to tell the media, and then had got ruined in a hurry. He got kicked off the team and very efficiently slandered as bi-polar. It was disconcerting and frankly sad. Because talking to him, he cared so much he was manic about it. But that's what we think makes you crazy these days. So anyone would likely say crackpot. But I knew he was right. And learned never to show heart like that if you really care.
  3. I remember the USSR sprinter Valerie Borzov as the 1972 Olympic Gold medalist in the 100 meter dash. It made one wonder if the Soviets had discovered something akin to the Fosbury Flop technique for white runners to out sprint blacks.

  4. @jackmcg
    Lance got a cancer pass. Eventually that wore off. People really wanted to believe in that Livestrong shit, just believe in yourself and work hard and yada yada yada. He was obviously cheating, because everyone else was cheating, and he was DOMINATING the other cheaters (who also had elite genetics and work ethic). Anybody who saw the news of his cheating break and didn't think "yeah... duh" had their head in the sand.

    Yeah I’m not sure what precisely punctured his raft. But I met a former USA cyclist in Charlottesville VA who knew everything and had an interesting story. He had tried to blow the whistle, and then tried to tell the media, and then had got ruined in a hurry. He got kicked off the team and very efficiently slandered as bi-polar. It was disconcerting and frankly sad. Because talking to him, he cared so much he was manic about it. But that’s what we think makes you crazy these days. So anyone would likely say crackpot. But I knew he was right. And learned never to show heart like that if you really care.

  5. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    I don’t understand why Asians would want to host an event where they win almost nothing.

    It’d be like Congo hosting a math contest.

    • Replies: @sb
    China generally wins a few medals particularly in field events . They have won track events in the past but they were generally PED suspicious ( But of course nowhere near the US level -who is ? . Would there be any Team USA athletes who have a 100% clean history ? )

    Countries without substantial numbers of blacks really only win medals in field events -which generally require advanced coaching -and maybe occasionally the more technical track events like hurdling ( and race walking which blacks simply don't do )

    The predominance of Africans and /or drugs have made track and field athletics a dying sport . I reckon in the long term only places like Qatar and China -who put up their hand for everything - will be interested in hosting this event
    , @5371
    No, it is like NYC hosting the Heisman award show.
    , @Hacienda
    First see. Then participate. Then win.
    But you've got to see. It all starts with the seeing.
  6. They have a huge gene pool (well over a billion people) and lots of copycat scientists, so it’s not surprising.

  7. @Pat Casey
    I don't remember Steve posting on the greatest cheater in world history Lance Armstrong, which seems wanting. Way before that fraud was unmasked, my someone was at a small get together with his ex-wife, who got drunk and, as it began, "Oh I'll tell ya everything!" What we need are better lie detectors in the media, definitely. But by far the preternatural charlatan was Lance Armstrong. No dumby and one who could really put himself in his own shoes, minus rocket-boosters, which is really unsettling when you understand how elaborate his doping disguises were. I have to think it did no help that his loudest accusers all those years were French cyclists.

    The reason Steve Sailer didn’t post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn’t sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    And then there's his conspicuous silence on slavery and the holocaust. He also hasn't written anything about the great Paul Walker lately.

    Or, maybe, the mainstream media covered this issue well enough?

    , @Pat Casey
    Steve has very useful parameters about what's worth posting, as he mentions occasionally--new, funny, something, something. Serves him well, and strikes me most of all as evolved. Makes you wonder what he doesn't put up, which is why his thoughts are wanting, and makes you realize he's a pro playing with minors a game called blogging. What a hideous moniker, but Steve, blogging, is really an aphorist, in the sense Nietzsche was. I have a Hillare Belloc book beside me that's all snippets from other stuff mostly topical from his time---and Steve's just a better writer and thinker. For one because he's not a hack. Nor as dumb as you. You think there are whites who care about keeping up the name of the greatest cheater ever?

    But thanks for the image of a cyclist streaming a confederate flag.

    , @ic1000
    Mr. Halleck, the world needs more people like you, willing to name-and-shame media darlings like Mr. Sailer.

    Elsewhere on this thread 'Pat Casey' related the following about a cyclist acquainted with Lance:

    He had tried to blow the whistle, and then tried to tell the media, and then had got ruined in a hurry. He got kicked off the team and very efficiently slandered...
     
    Anyway -- getting back on topic! -- I agree that Sailer's gotten a pass in operating his greengrocer's stand. The SJW movement is voiceless and weak. But it can blossom if we protect it from wreckers by all means necessary.

    Obviously, this blog's moderator also appreciates your courageous perspective. So keep on keepin' on!
    , @Truth
    Hey, a man's gotta eat.
    , @Deduction
    You seem to be confusing Steve with a newspaper. You know an anthology of reports on current events that comes in paper and electronic formats and has thousands of employees.
  8. @Priss Factor
    I don't understand why Asians would want to host an event where they win almost nothing.

    It'd be like Congo hosting a math contest.

    China generally wins a few medals particularly in field events . They have won track events in the past but they were generally PED suspicious ( But of course nowhere near the US level -who is ? . Would there be any Team USA athletes who have a 100% clean history ? )

    Countries without substantial numbers of blacks really only win medals in field events -which generally require advanced coaching -and maybe occasionally the more technical track events like hurdling ( and race walking which blacks simply don’t do )

    The predominance of Africans and /or drugs have made track and field athletics a dying sport . I reckon in the long term only places like Qatar and China -who put up their hand for everything – will be interested in hosting this event

  9. @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    And then there’s his conspicuous silence on slavery and the holocaust. He also hasn’t written anything about the great Paul Walker lately.

    Or, maybe, the mainstream media covered this issue well enough?

    • Replies: @P
    I, too, find Steve's lack of Paul Walker coverage suspicious. Here's some promotional material about an upcoming Paul Walker biopic. Catchy title, no?
  10. @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    Steve has very useful parameters about what’s worth posting, as he mentions occasionally–new, funny, something, something. Serves him well, and strikes me most of all as evolved. Makes you wonder what he doesn’t put up, which is why his thoughts are wanting, and makes you realize he’s a pro playing with minors a game called blogging. What a hideous moniker, but Steve, blogging, is really an aphorist, in the sense Nietzsche was. I have a Hillare Belloc book beside me that’s all snippets from other stuff mostly topical from his time—and Steve’s just a better writer and thinker. For one because he’s not a hack. Nor as dumb as you. You think there are whites who care about keeping up the name of the greatest cheater ever?

    But thanks for the image of a cyclist streaming a confederate flag.

  11. @reiner Tor
    And then there's his conspicuous silence on slavery and the holocaust. He also hasn't written anything about the great Paul Walker lately.

    Or, maybe, the mainstream media covered this issue well enough?

    I, too, find Steve’s lack of Paul Walker coverage suspicious. Here’s some promotional material about an upcoming Paul Walker biopic. Catchy title, no?

    • Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    "I, too, find Steve’s lack of Paul Walker coverage suspicious".
    That's because Paul Walker was white, and taking down Paul Walker wouldn’t sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.
  12. @Priss Factor
    I don't understand why Asians would want to host an event where they win almost nothing.

    It'd be like Congo hosting a math contest.

    No, it is like NYC hosting the Heisman award show.

  13. @P
    I, too, find Steve's lack of Paul Walker coverage suspicious. Here's some promotional material about an upcoming Paul Walker biopic. Catchy title, no?

    “I, too, find Steve’s lack of Paul Walker coverage suspicious”.
    That’s because Paul Walker was white, and taking down Paul Walker wouldn’t sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

  14. @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    Mr. Halleck, the world needs more people like you, willing to name-and-shame media darlings like Mr. Sailer.

    Elsewhere on this thread ‘Pat Casey’ related the following about a cyclist acquainted with Lance:

    He had tried to blow the whistle, and then tried to tell the media, and then had got ruined in a hurry. He got kicked off the team and very efficiently slandered…

    Anyway — getting back on topic! — I agree that Sailer’s gotten a pass in operating his greengrocer’s stand. The SJW movement is voiceless and weak. But it can blossom if we protect it from wreckers by all means necessary.

    Obviously, this blog’s moderator also appreciates your courageous perspective. So keep on keepin’ on!

  15. @Pat Casey
    I don't remember Steve posting on the greatest cheater in world history Lance Armstrong, which seems wanting. Way before that fraud was unmasked, my someone was at a small get together with his ex-wife, who got drunk and, as it began, "Oh I'll tell ya everything!" What we need are better lie detectors in the media, definitely. But by far the preternatural charlatan was Lance Armstrong. No dumby and one who could really put himself in his own shoes, minus rocket-boosters, which is really unsettling when you understand how elaborate his doping disguises were. I have to think it did no help that his loudest accusers all those years were French cyclists.

    For some reason, “dumby” looks weird spelled like that.

    • Replies: @Pat Casey
    nice. better speller than hemingway was.
  16. @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    Hey, a man’s gotta eat.

  17. A white woman from the Netherlands, Dafne Schippers, just won silver at the 100 meter dash. She would have won is the race was 10 meters longer.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yfzpn2p7zM

    The Dutch girl was extremely fast after a terrible start.

    Ben Johnson-style upper body strength is important to a fast start.
  18. @Gurney Halleck
    The reason Steve Sailer didn't post much about Lance Armstrong being a cheater is because Lance Armstrong is white, and taking down Lance Armstrong wouldn't sit too well with the racists that periodically give charity to Steve Sailer.

    You seem to be confusing Steve with a newspaper. You know an anthology of reports on current events that comes in paper and electronic formats and has thousands of employees.

  19. @Unzerker
    A white woman from the Netherlands, Dafne Schippers, just won silver at the 100 meter dash. She would have won is the race was 10 meters longer.

    The Dutch girl was extremely fast after a terrible start.

    Ben Johnson-style upper body strength is important to a fast start.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    So, you're lurking around to reply to comments randomly, but somehow you never manage to answer to anything about Paul Walker. I wonder why that might be. I think that any half decent blogger would put short links to the most important Paul Walker blog posts and articles into the front page. I can see links to pages like Assistant Village Idiot or HBD Bibliography, but when I tried to find links to Paul Walker blog posts - crickets. I think you need to be taken to task for that.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    The pasty girl would not have won.

    I saw this race on a big screen, which clearly showed that the winning runner maintained perfect form throughout. The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed. The non-pasty girl dominated the race.
  20. A white Frenchman became the first white man to clearly break the 10 second barrier, getting as low as 9.92 in 2011.

    Christophe Lemaitre, lane 3 in the video, has interesting potential. Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women’s 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.

    • Replies: @Ola

    Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women’s 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.
     
    Yes, and it is a shame since he could easily improve with just basic strength training. He has the talent to compete with the fastest black guys, but I guess his coach doesn't believe in hypertrophy for the upper body. Alas, sprint specific training can take you only so far - without continuous increase in relative strength you will soon plateau.
    , @Brutusale
    He needs someone to slip a little Anavar into his Cabernet.
  21. @Steve Sailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yfzpn2p7zM

    The Dutch girl was extremely fast after a terrible start.

    Ben Johnson-style upper body strength is important to a fast start.

    So, you’re lurking around to reply to comments randomly, but somehow you never manage to answer to anything about Paul Walker. I wonder why that might be. I think that any half decent blogger would put short links to the most important Paul Walker blog posts and articles into the front page. I can see links to pages like Assistant Village Idiot or HBD Bibliography, but when I tried to find links to Paul Walker blog posts – crickets. I think you need to be taken to task for that.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    When I look up Paul Walker, I just see some cr-p about an actor I don't care about from a movie franchise that diminishes people's lives and enriches my enemies. Steve commented about it here:

    http://isteve.blogspot.jp/2013/12/my-opinion-on-death-of-paul-walker-and.html

    Is there another "Paul Walker blog"? If so, it doesn't turn up in the first few pages of Google results. What are you talking about?
  22. A little off topic perhaps but it’s useful to keep in mind how poor China still is – the
    average Chinese household makes less than $10,000 per year. That’s per household,
    not per person. At this rate China, a rapidly aging society and a severely
    sex-imbalanced one at that with over a hundred million Chinese men unable
    to find a partner, will get old before it gets rich

    • Replies: @bomag
    Old people can be productive.

    The future is not to huge cadres of workers; it is your smart fraction working with machines.
  23. Two other good white sprinters are Richard Kilty, the 2014 Indoor T&F champion at 60m, and Jenna Prandini, the 22 year-old current U.S. national champion at the 200m.

  24. Steve, the guy that linked to the Paul Walker meme “Straight Outta The Windshield” should be banned…..permanently. There’s just some things you don’t joke around about here and Paul Walker tops the list.

  25. @Anon 2
    A little off topic perhaps but it's useful to keep in mind how poor China still is - the
    average Chinese household makes less than $10,000 per year. That's per household,
    not per person. At this rate China, a rapidly aging society and a severely
    sex-imbalanced one at that with over a hundred million Chinese men unable
    to find a partner, will get old before it gets rich

    Old people can be productive.

    The future is not to huge cadres of workers; it is your smart fraction working with machines.

  26. @Priss Factor
    I don't understand why Asians would want to host an event where they win almost nothing.

    It'd be like Congo hosting a math contest.

    First see. Then participate. Then win.
    But you’ve got to see. It all starts with the seeing.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    "First see. Then participate. Then win. But you’ve got to see. It all starts with the seeing."

    Chinese can see all they want. They are not gonna win in most track events.

    PS. BLACKHAT by Michael Mann has some Chinese characters. It is a decent enough international crime-thriller, and it demonstrates why movies are much better than TV. Imagine if it were a TV show. It would go on and on and on and on forever and grow thinner and more ludicrous. But it just tells one story, deals with essentials, has beginning-middle-and-end, and that's it. Aint that much better than these idiot TV shows that go on for several seasons with an idea that aint much to begin with? The essence of SOPRANOS could have been related in a movie, two movies, or maybe three.
    And who needs several seasons of fatso running around an island in LOST? When will the fatty realize there aint much food on the island, though we wonder why he never loses any weight. There's a reason why MUL DR is immeasurably superior to TWIN GEEKS. Too much time allows the maker to either lose focus or become indulgent.

  27. Why haven’t more tall runners done well in sprinting? Bolt’s height is clearly what gives him the edge. Maybe just not that many tall people in the world?

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    Nearly all sprinters come from the Caribbean or the US. Most Caribbean countries don't have the population that would generate sprinters who are also tall.

    The US has other more lucrative sports options: basketball, baseball, and football. I've read that if Usain Bolt was from the US, he would have been directed into another sport and never developed as a track athlete, but since track is all Jamaica has, that is what he became good at.
  28. @Truth
    For some reason, "dumby" looks weird spelled like that.

    nice. better speller than hemingway was.

  29. @reiner Tor
    So, you're lurking around to reply to comments randomly, but somehow you never manage to answer to anything about Paul Walker. I wonder why that might be. I think that any half decent blogger would put short links to the most important Paul Walker blog posts and articles into the front page. I can see links to pages like Assistant Village Idiot or HBD Bibliography, but when I tried to find links to Paul Walker blog posts - crickets. I think you need to be taken to task for that.

    When I look up Paul Walker, I just see some cr-p about an actor I don’t care about from a movie franchise that diminishes people’s lives and enriches my enemies. Steve commented about it here:

    http://isteve.blogspot.jp/2013/12/my-opinion-on-death-of-paul-walker-and.html

    Is there another “Paul Walker blog”? If so, it doesn’t turn up in the first few pages of Google results. What are you talking about?

    • Replies: @Bill
    It's a callback to a persistent inside joke in the comments of this blog for a couple of months after Paul Walker's death. I don't find it funny either, but whatever.
  30. Middle distances (800 to 3000 meters) seem to be the most competitive races for Caucasians (and some East Asians). A quick look at the world records for men and women at middle distance races shows some European and East Asian names.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-distance_running

  31. @Steve Sailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yfzpn2p7zM

    The Dutch girl was extremely fast after a terrible start.

    Ben Johnson-style upper body strength is important to a fast start.

    The pasty girl would not have won.

    I saw this race on a big screen, which clearly showed that the winning runner maintained perfect form throughout. The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed. The non-pasty girl dominated the race.

    • Replies: @Unzerker

    The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed.
     
    I disagree. She pretty much always out accelerates her opponents in the last stretch of the 100 meter dash.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LjHSq1V_Z8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq1cMGER36E

    And she destroyed her opponents in the 200 meter at the European Championship in 2014. She has the stamina.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXmfSm5EPYQ

    Now if only she could have access to the same kind of "medical" team the Jamaicans have access to.
    , @Ola
    Dafne Schippers may still lack the acceleration to win the 100m, but she will most likely win the 200m on Friday.

    She won the bronze in the Hepathlon in the last world championship two years ago, and she is still only 23 and hasn't focused on the sprints for very long, so she has the potential to be a dominant sprinter on world level for years to come. Then again, specific sprint training doesn't make all that much difference.

    But she might already have the fastest top-speed of all the women in the world - pasty and non-pasty.
  32. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:
    @Hacienda
    First see. Then participate. Then win.
    But you've got to see. It all starts with the seeing.

    “First see. Then participate. Then win. But you’ve got to see. It all starts with the seeing.”

    Chinese can see all they want. They are not gonna win in most track events.

    PS. BLACKHAT by Michael Mann has some Chinese characters. It is a decent enough international crime-thriller, and it demonstrates why movies are much better than TV. Imagine if it were a TV show. It would go on and on and on and on forever and grow thinner and more ludicrous. But it just tells one story, deals with essentials, has beginning-middle-and-end, and that’s it. Aint that much better than these idiot TV shows that go on for several seasons with an idea that aint much to begin with? The essence of SOPRANOS could have been related in a movie, two movies, or maybe three.
    And who needs several seasons of fatso running around an island in LOST? When will the fatty realize there aint much food on the island, though we wonder why he never loses any weight. There’s a reason why MUL DR is immeasurably superior to TWIN GEEKS. Too much time allows the maker to either lose focus or become indulgent.

  33. @Chrisnonymous
    When I look up Paul Walker, I just see some cr-p about an actor I don't care about from a movie franchise that diminishes people's lives and enriches my enemies. Steve commented about it here:

    http://isteve.blogspot.jp/2013/12/my-opinion-on-death-of-paul-walker-and.html

    Is there another "Paul Walker blog"? If so, it doesn't turn up in the first few pages of Google results. What are you talking about?

    It’s a callback to a persistent inside joke in the comments of this blog for a couple of months after Paul Walker’s death. I don’t find it funny either, but whatever.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "a couple of months after Paul Walker’s death."

    a couple of years after Paul Walker’s death, and counting ...

  34. @Chrisnonymous
    The pasty girl would not have won.

    I saw this race on a big screen, which clearly showed that the winning runner maintained perfect form throughout. The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed. The non-pasty girl dominated the race.

    The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed.

    I disagree. She pretty much always out accelerates her opponents in the last stretch of the 100 meter dash.

    And she destroyed her opponents in the 200 meter at the European Championship in 2014. She has the stamina.

    Now if only she could have access to the same kind of “medical” team the Jamaicans have access to.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Hmm... maybe you and Ola are right.
  35. Black men be like: Muh Dik, Muh Hundred Time.

    Whatever makes you happy, Sambeaux.

    Otherwise, civilization could give a rip.

    • Replies: @Truth
    I would argue that the continuation of civilization is intractably amalgamated with "Muh Dik."
  36. anon • Disclaimer says:

    It would be interesting to know where in China Bingtian Su’s family came/comes from.

    One of the things I’ve read (don’t know if true) is West African “twitch” muscle is related to anti-malaria mutations.

    As given how big China is I imagine there may be a region or two that once used to be very malarial.

    (edit: Guangdong province apparently – very malarial in the past.)

    Similar to how China ought to be able to source some distance runners from high altitude regions near Tibet.

    (And that’s even if they’re not experimenting with CRISPR.)

  37. @Bill
    It's a callback to a persistent inside joke in the comments of this blog for a couple of months after Paul Walker's death. I don't find it funny either, but whatever.

    “a couple of months after Paul Walker’s death.”

    a couple of years after Paul Walker’s death, and counting …

  38. @Chrisnonymous
    The pasty girl would not have won.

    I saw this race on a big screen, which clearly showed that the winning runner maintained perfect form throughout. The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed. The non-pasty girl dominated the race.

    Dafne Schippers may still lack the acceleration to win the 100m, but she will most likely win the 200m on Friday.

    She won the bronze in the Hepathlon in the last world championship two years ago, and she is still only 23 and hasn’t focused on the sprints for very long, so she has the potential to be a dominant sprinter on world level for years to come. Then again, specific sprint training doesn’t make all that much difference.

    But she might already have the fastest top-speed of all the women in the world – pasty and non-pasty.

  39. @Rifleman

    A white Frenchman became the first white man to clearly break the 10 second barrier, getting as low as 9.92 in 2011.
     
    Christophe Lemaitre, lane 3 in the video, has interesting potential. Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women's 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.

    Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women’s 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.

    Yes, and it is a shame since he could easily improve with just basic strength training. He has the talent to compete with the fastest black guys, but I guess his coach doesn’t believe in hypertrophy for the upper body. Alas, sprint specific training can take you only so far – without continuous increase in relative strength you will soon plateau.

    • Replies: @5371
    There have been several white sprinters who showed promise in their late teens/early twenties but failed to develop further. Matt Shirvington comes to mind.
  40. There was a very competitive Chinese 110m hurdler who retired recently. According to Wikipedia, he tied the world record in 2004.

    Chinese have the potential to be very fast — probably faster than Japanese given their greater height and longer legs. However, while they have the kind of gold medal producing infrastructure that selects little kids with the potential to be great gymnasts (and a good gymnastics tradition), their overall sports culture in grade school lags far, far behind the West’s. You can identify a promising gymnast by the age of seven or so, whereas with a sprinter it doesn’t become apparent until the kid is in his/her teens. And even then you really have to wait until the kid has attained full height to know with any certainty, which for boys isn’t usually until the late teens.

    So there are probably lots and lots of good Chinese runners who slip between the cracks.

  41. You can identify a promising gymnast by the age of seven or so, whereas with a sprinter it doesn’t become apparent until the kid is in his/her teens.

    Maybe, if your goal is to identify a handful (out of millions) at a single pass, but that’s not really how elaborate Soviet-style youth development programs work. In general, if you trial all the fifth graders in a high school catchment zone over fifty yards, you will see your future sprint stars out in front. If the top 2-4% in the time trial are not sprinting on the senior team seven years later, it’s likely because the football/basketball coach got to them first.

  42. Horses are the same. My knowledge of the track and the gee-gees is limited but I remember a successful trainer talking about how some thoroughbreds “can gallop” whereas most can’t. The story he was telling was of a spindly nag with an awkward gait that cost $500 and ended up a Class A champion. The horses are auctioned just before anyone knows for sure, but a year on from there, everyone has a pretty good idea how much their horseflesh is worth.

  43. @countenance
    Black men be like: Muh Dik, Muh Hundred Time.

    Whatever makes you happy, Sambeaux.

    Otherwise, civilization could give a rip.

    I would argue that the continuation of civilization is intractably amalgamated with “Muh Dik.”

    • Replies: @Kudzu Bob
    The word you're groping in the dark for is "inextricably."
    , @Brutusale
    Depends on how you define civilization.
  44. @Unzerker

    The pasty girl was losing too much energy to upper body movement and threw herself over the line. She made a valiant effort, but if the race had gone on any longer, she would have crashed.
     
    I disagree. She pretty much always out accelerates her opponents in the last stretch of the 100 meter dash.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LjHSq1V_Z8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq1cMGER36E

    And she destroyed her opponents in the 200 meter at the European Championship in 2014. She has the stamina.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXmfSm5EPYQ

    Now if only she could have access to the same kind of "medical" team the Jamaicans have access to.

    Hmm… maybe you and Ola are right.

  45. @Truth
    I would argue that the continuation of civilization is intractably amalgamated with "Muh Dik."

    The word you’re groping in the dark for is “inextricably.”

    • Replies: @Truth
    Depends on your depth of examination.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intractable
  46. @Ola

    Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women’s 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.
     
    Yes, and it is a shame since he could easily improve with just basic strength training. He has the talent to compete with the fastest black guys, but I guess his coach doesn't believe in hypertrophy for the upper body. Alas, sprint specific training can take you only so far - without continuous increase in relative strength you will soon plateau.

    There have been several white sprinters who showed promise in their late teens/early twenties but failed to develop further. Matt Shirvington comes to mind.

    • Replies: @Ola
    Yes, absolutely. But there has been even more black sprinters who showed promise in their teeens but failed to develop further. That is just what it's like. Most youth stars are simply early bloomers who reach adult physiology before their competitors. But we tend to focus on the white ones as it is much more rare for them to reach the low 10s.

    Shirvington was a great talent, but he also looked physically very impressive at an early age. I personally consider Christophe Lemaitre a more notable talent as he always looked very normal for his age and made consistent progress until the age of 20.

  47. Ola says: • Website
    @5371
    There have been several white sprinters who showed promise in their late teens/early twenties but failed to develop further. Matt Shirvington comes to mind.

    Yes, absolutely. But there has been even more black sprinters who showed promise in their teeens but failed to develop further. That is just what it’s like. Most youth stars are simply early bloomers who reach adult physiology before their competitors. But we tend to focus on the white ones as it is much more rare for them to reach the low 10s.

    Shirvington was a great talent, but he also looked physically very impressive at an early age. I personally consider Christophe Lemaitre a more notable talent as he always looked very normal for his age and made consistent progress until the age of 20.

  48. @Rifleman

    A white Frenchman became the first white man to clearly break the 10 second barrier, getting as low as 9.92 in 2011.
     
    Christophe Lemaitre, lane 3 in the video, has interesting potential. Great legs but since he has the upper body of a women's 800 meter runner he has probably reached his peak.

    He needs someone to slip a little Anavar into his Cabernet.

  49. @Truth
    I would argue that the continuation of civilization is intractably amalgamated with "Muh Dik."

    Depends on how you define civilization.

    • Replies: @Truth
    "Civilization"
    -begins with-
    "life"

    "life"
    -begins with-
    "Muh Dik"
  50. @Kudzu Bob
    The word you're groping in the dark for is "inextricably."

    Depends on your depth of examination.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intractable

    • Replies: @Kudzu Bob
    Step One: Say something obviously retarded.

    Step Two: Get called out for saying something obviously retarded.

    Step Three: Respond by saying something else obviously retarded that begins with the word depends or some other variant of Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man while wondering how anybody could believe in HBD.

    Step Four: Repeat Step One.

  51. @Brutusale
    Depends on how you define civilization.

    “Civilization”
    -begins with-
    “life”

    “life”
    -begins with-
    “Muh Dik”

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Depends on the depth of your examination...

    1.
    an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
    2.
    those people or nations that have reached such a state.
    3.
    any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group:
    Greek civilization.
    4.
    the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out of a savage, uneducated, or unrefined state, or of being civilized :
    Rome's civilization of barbaric tribes was admirable.
    5.
    cultural refinement; refinement of thought and cultural appreciation:
    The letters of Madame de Sévigné reveal her wit and civilization.
    6.
    cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas:
    The plane crashed in the jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization.
    7.
    modern comforts and conveniences, as made possible by science and technology:
    After a week in the woods, without television or even running water, the campers looked forward to civilization

    Civilization begins with Some Lives; the rest don't Matter. When your racial cohort accomplishes #4 to the satisfaction of the rest of us, feel free to use "Yo Dik" however you please.

  52. @Truth
    Depends on your depth of examination.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intractable

    Step One: Say something obviously retarded.

    Step Two: Get called out for saying something obviously retarded.

    Step Three: Respond by saying something else obviously retarded that begins with the word depends or some other variant of Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man while wondering how anybody could believe in HBD.

    Step Four: Repeat Step One.

    • Replies: @Truth
    How are the book sales going, Buddy?
  53. @Truth
    "Civilization"
    -begins with-
    "life"

    "life"
    -begins with-
    "Muh Dik"

    Depends on the depth of your examination…

    1.
    an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
    2.
    those people or nations that have reached such a state.
    3.
    any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group:
    Greek civilization.
    4.
    the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out of a savage, uneducated, or unrefined state, or of being civilized :
    Rome’s civilization of barbaric tribes was admirable.
    5.
    cultural refinement; refinement of thought and cultural appreciation:
    The letters of Madame de Sévigné reveal her wit and civilization.
    6.
    cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas:
    The plane crashed in the jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization.
    7.
    modern comforts and conveniences, as made possible by science and technology:
    After a week in the woods, without television or even running water, the campers looked forward to civilization

    Civilization begins with Some Lives; the rest don’t Matter. When your racial cohort accomplishes #4 to the satisfaction of the rest of us, feel free to use “Yo Dik” however you please.

    • Replies: @Truth
    You left out:

    0.
    Copulation
  54. @Kudzu Bob
    Step One: Say something obviously retarded.

    Step Two: Get called out for saying something obviously retarded.

    Step Three: Respond by saying something else obviously retarded that begins with the word depends or some other variant of Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man while wondering how anybody could believe in HBD.

    Step Four: Repeat Step One.

    How are the book sales going, Buddy?

    • Replies: @Kudzu Bob
    Well enough that I hardly have time to make fun of you these days, Twoof, but it's good to know you care. Soon I'll have enough money to buy myself one o' them water-powered cars. Too bad for you I never pick up hitchhikers. Vrooooooooooom!
  55. @Brutusale
    Depends on the depth of your examination...

    1.
    an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
    2.
    those people or nations that have reached such a state.
    3.
    any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group:
    Greek civilization.
    4.
    the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out of a savage, uneducated, or unrefined state, or of being civilized :
    Rome's civilization of barbaric tribes was admirable.
    5.
    cultural refinement; refinement of thought and cultural appreciation:
    The letters of Madame de Sévigné reveal her wit and civilization.
    6.
    cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas:
    The plane crashed in the jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization.
    7.
    modern comforts and conveniences, as made possible by science and technology:
    After a week in the woods, without television or even running water, the campers looked forward to civilization

    Civilization begins with Some Lives; the rest don't Matter. When your racial cohort accomplishes #4 to the satisfaction of the rest of us, feel free to use "Yo Dik" however you please.

    You left out:

    0.
    Copulation

  56. @Truth
    How are the book sales going, Buddy?

    Well enough that I hardly have time to make fun of you these days, Twoof, but it’s good to know you care. Soon I’ll have enough money to buy myself one o’ them water-powered cars. Too bad for you I never pick up hitchhikers. Vrooooooooooom!

  57. LOL; well I’m glad to hear it Bob.

  58. @Steve Richter
    Why haven't more tall runners done well in sprinting? Bolt's height is clearly what gives him the edge. Maybe just not that many tall people in the world?

    Nearly all sprinters come from the Caribbean or the US. Most Caribbean countries don’t have the population that would generate sprinters who are also tall.

    The US has other more lucrative sports options: basketball, baseball, and football. I’ve read that if Usain Bolt was from the US, he would have been directed into another sport and never developed as a track athlete, but since track is all Jamaica has, that is what he became good at.

  59. China’s men won Silver in the 4x100m relay. Bingtian Su was on China’s relay team. This is a pretty impressive win.

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