These Charts Show Which Track And Field Records Could Be Broken In Rio

These Charts Show Which Track And Field Records Could Be Broken In Rio

Faster, Higher, Stronger — the motto of the Olympic Games. But don’t expect these words to resonate in the track-and-field stadium in Rio de Janeiro at the coming Olympic Games. Scientific studies suggest that for most events, athletes have for years been operating at or near a plateau of performance — which seems to represent fundamental limits imposed by human biology. And in some events — notably women’s sprints and throws — the legacy of widespread doping in the 1980s casts a long shadow over today’s performances, and means that some world records may never be broken.

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