Re: Re: Pollution affects women’s marathon times

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Grasshopper and Andrew, I agree that the % difference or % improvement difference would be a more adequate way to look at that. I think the raw numbers give you an indication of what is happening but may still suggest more of a closing of the gap than actually exists.

On a tangential note, I have no doubt that the men have progressed farther along the improvement curve than the women have but the women also will catch up more quickly because they are not waiting as long for the training and scientific advances, as well as advances such as the professionalization of the sport and many others, that the men had to wait for and work through. Many of the things that held the men back 50 years ago or even 20-30 years ago are in place for the women and will not hinder their progression curve as much as they did with the men.