Both in the race and in the group, I think we've had more than
sufficient proof that some Canadians and some Americans are capable
of acting like jerks. On the whole, I'd say the posters have been
far worse than anything the runners did or may have done. (Look
guys, it wasn't _you_ in the race, and you aren't the runners'
family, friends, or trainers.)
The only thing vaguely meritorious has been the posts that touched
on what it is that constitutes 'world's fastest man'. IMHO arguments
about highest peak speed are trash. We don't award the medal to
the runner in a race who has the highest peak speed; we give it to
the runner who completes the given distance in the shortest time.
Period. IMHO it is also spurious to take simply average speed
over the distance. As has been noted, the start weighs heavily
against the 100m runner in comparison to the 200m (though I'll note
that it is only recently -- MJ's 19.32 200 -- that there opened
such a gap between WR at 100 and average pace at 200). What I'd
rather see is a longer race, maybe 150 m, maybe 125 m, at which
world class sprinters _do_ have the highest average speed over
the whole race. Win _that_ race, and maybe there's some merit
to the title.
Either way, of course, I don't care. I'm a distance runner.
I'd much rather see a hard fought mile or 3000 than any sprint.
As to 'nationalism' in the issue. Boy did you buy a bill of
goods from the media. It is fortunate that I know a number of
Canadians (being in the US myself) and am married to one, so that
I realize just how far off normal Canadians these posts have been.
Let me assure the Canadians that the 'US' posts have been comparably
Sagredo (Galileo Galilei) "You present these recondite matters with too much
evidence and ease; this great facility makes them less appreciated than they
would be had they been presented in a more abstruse manner." Two New Sciences