Wearing gold track spikes and taking a deep breath, the 200-meter world record holder knelt into position, set his feet in the blocks and carefully placed his hands. Then, just as he had done before coasting to gold and an Olympic record in the 400-meter race three days earlier, he waited for the call and the starting gun’s bang.
26 September 2015
3 September 2013
Since the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, every finalist in the men’s 100-meter, regardless of country of origin, has a lineage that recently stems from sub-Saharan West Africa. In fact, since 1968, the world record holders have all been black athletes, with just 10 non-blacks holding the honor since 1912 when the record was first kept. To boot, dating back to 1980 as well, just one woman without recent Western African ancestry has won the 100, and all competitors in the female final of the last two Games have also been of this same descent.
So are blacks just better athletes?