So this article looks at the world records for the 5000m, 10 000m and Marathon events, and uses this to predict that the next generation of African runners who move up from track to marathon will move the event another notch forward.
First of all, the fact is that the Africans have moved the marathon forward much less than the track events, and this suggests to me that there is a still another explosion in times waiting to happen.
Looking at the 10 000m event, the current world record of 26:17 by Keninisa Bekele is a full 1:13 faster than the world record of 1977. This represents a 4.4% improvement, quite similar to the improvement in the 5000 m distance.
So exactly why do the Africans dominant running so much? We'll look at the physiological explanations for this dominance in upcoming posts, so join us for a look at this fascinating question. We probably don't know the answer yet, and scientists all over the world are asking the same question, but it makes for seriously interesting discussion.
See you soon!
Ross and Jonathan