Re: Black superiority in running

Julian O'Dea (jodea@MAILHOST.DPIE.GOV.AU)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 15:50:42 +1000

> Can any physical anthropologist explain the
>superiority of blacks in running? This question must come up in intro
>classes a lot.
>Jay Bernstein

I would hazard a guess that it may be partly because the body type favoured
by the African climate, tall and slender, is ideal for a runner - at least
over a short distance.

The body type favoured by colder climates (tall maybe, but also heavy and
broad) is less conducive.

If I am correct then Australian Aborigines should perform well too (eg.
Cathy Freeman, recent silver medallist in 400 metres). (Julian O'Dea)