Saturday, July 21, 2012

Are We Done Breaking Records?

World records for athletic events over time follow logarithmic curves (see here for the marathon record by decade, and an extrapolation that we'll see our first sub-2 hour marathon in 2038.)  Conversely, Peter Keating at ESPN points out the recent lack of broken records, and argues that just maybe, our top athletes are as good as humans can get.

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