Olympic performancesPosted: August 8, 2008
This article largely recounts an historical research project, but a couple of things really stand out.
For instance, the record time for the mens’ modern marathon (42km) is today about as fast as the 10,000m record set in the latter half of the 1940s.
There have been substantial changes in the culture of sports, particularly around the amount of training, and at the same time we’ve had huge advances in medical understandings and assistant technologies.
Well worth a read; there is a lot of stuff on the chemistry of the body’s response to sustained exertion as well.