All of That For 10%?

Interesting (for sports fans) article on Slate about why pitchers can’t seem to throw at more than 100mph. The explanation is kind of surprising but what made me jump a bit is this bit:

Since the late 1950s, the high-jump world record has improved by more than 10 percent, the 100-meter-dash mark has improved by 5 percent, and swimming’s best 100-meter freestyle has dipped 12 percent.

In 55 years the 100-meter-dash only got better by 10 percent?!!? They are taking steroids like crazy, ruining their health, and can only get 10% better, including all the improvements in healthy performance enhancements like nutrition, types of training, etc.? Lame.


Mr. Moral April 26, 2005

Meme pas 10%, 5% !


Karl Dubost April 26, 2005

10% de 100m = 10m

Look at the difference it makes on a finish line when someone is… 10 meters behind.

Patrick April 26, 2005

C’est vrai. Mais considérant tous les efforts, tricheries, trucs, etc. mis en oeuvre pour progresser, 10% sur 50 ans comparativement à d’autres domaines et autres sports, c’est pas énorme.

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