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Are Americans running better, or are Europeans just worse? Amby Burfoot's take: #runnerds

Are Americans running better, or are Europeans just worse? Amby Burfoot's take: #runnerds

That’s what I’ve done in the following three tables that show a “place points” total for the men’s 5000 meters, 10,000 meters, and marathon in the non-boycott Olympics since 1960 (year of the first East African distance medalist, Abebe Bikila, marathon). The idea is to reveal any trends that might exist. I’ve tabulated points for Europe/Asia/Australia/New Zealand versus the U.S. versus East Africa (mostly, but not all, Kenya and Ethiopia). It’s easy to see the demise of the first grouping, and the climb of the third. [Note: Totals do not often sum to 36 because, for simplicity’s sake, I have omitted runners from some other regions, usually North Africa or South America.]

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