Scientists theorize why black athletes run fastest
Twenty-eight of the last 38 world record holders in the men’s 100-meter dash have been black athletes, and researchers at two universities think they know why.
A new study by researchers at Howard University, a historically black school in Washington D.C., and Duke University in North Carolina suggests why black athletes may outperform athletes of other races in running events. Physical differences in the length of the limbs and the structure of the body mean the center of gravity tends to be higher in the bodies of black people, the researchers say.
Since 1968, the world record holders in the men’s 100-meter dash have been black athletes. And since 1912, when the International Association of Athletics Federations started keeping track of the record holders in that event, only 10 non-black athletes out of 38 individuals have held the title.
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