B+, yes I remeber these studies, it was 9-11% difference.
My impression was, that the 9% should be teh norm, and when it was 11%, that was the event which was not that popular in womens athletics for some reason, and did not have any significant female athletes doing it.
While the females WR were probably drug assisted, we have to remeber that the 9% was calculated against male WR, also drug assisted.
These types of articles used to be published as part of statistical predictions of future WR and such, so perhaps there teh search needs to be directed
Karatochvilova background and her raw power, this is something which can be understood by Kenyan-Ethiopian example in long distance running. Kids with no cars, no running shoes, and no computers and TV, all their activities are physical on daily basis, any transport is by walk or run, all the games are outdoors and physicly active.
So Kratochvilova was growing in smal village with no technical comfort, it was walking and running every day to school, shops etc.
Further it was daily helping the parents around teh garden - every house used to have big garden, the life was sismilar like on a small farm, so digging soil etc as well as daily chores around animals.
Jarmila also did not have brothers, only sisters, and somehow the hard physical duties were allocated to her,
getting the timber for winter heating, getting the coal for heating with the showell down to basement, when it was delivered by truck etc. Even while top elite athlete, she might have showeleing the coal or chopping wood for 4-6 hours early morning and than comming to track session.
Kvac only said - always tell me what You had to do, so we can adjust the training etc.
This background was very similar to Zatopek's background, and to most population background.
Those days, everybody who would take up running would have body strong for it, how different it is today when sedentary jelly like peron decides to take up funrunning and teh body is cracking down, which is forcing the use of all the silly high tech shoes etc, the avergae marathon time is 1-2 hours slower than few decades ago.
How difficuklt is to train little kids, who are driven everywhere in 4WD, whos only physical activity is the use of remote control, little bodies with weak joints, soft bones, nonexisting muscles etc.
Jarmila was different, that somehow because of teh family situation she was performing the hard males job around the house, so she cames to athletics much stronger than other girls, so she can do harder training than other girls.
Zatopke-Nurmi - I do not remeber the Nurmis type of training system and philosophy, so it is not possible to comment if Zatopek took something from him. Zatopek allways mentioned Nurmi as inspiration, and motivation to beat him, but by the time he could speak or read in other languages and by the time he could meet Nurmi etc Zatopek was already elite runner and had his system firmly established.
Edited by Rudolf, 03 April 2008 - 08:40 AM.