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  • first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

    Canada's Nick Macrozanaris - pb 10.03 (this year)
    Australia's Matt Shirvington - pb 10.03

    Which one of these guys will be the first to run a sub 10 second 100m. I know of a Japanese sprinter who I believe has run a 10.04/10.05 within the last couple of years.

    Me, being canadian, i gotta go with macro, running good this year.

    Whose your pick?

    (and don't copy this in any form, people can tell which message you're replying too!)

  • #2
    Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

    Please not this again.It causes an argument EVERYTIME.

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    • #3
      Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

      Find the thread "A Day I'll Never Forget" for all the babble on this subject you'd like. (But you won't like it)

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      • #4
        Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

        Australian Patrick Johnson ran 9.93 earlier this year. His father's Irish and his mother's Aborigine.

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        • #5
          Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

          Well, following the silly American "one drop" rule . . . there have been lots.

          Tim Montgomery has run 9.78. Since he's got at least one drop of white blood in him, he's obviously white.

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          • #6
            Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

            I thought his blood was 100% red...
            Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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            • #7
              Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

              >I thought his blood was 100% red...

              You're forgetting about white blood cells ...

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              • #8
                Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                What I mean by this is that race is a social construct. In the United States, there's the "one drop" rule which means that if any of your ancestors are considered non-white (by the ever-changing standard of the day) then you are not considered white. (If you doubt that this rule is still widely used, start checking school records.) For example, Dan O'Brien had one "white" and one "black" parent, but is considered "black". Implicit in this is that whiteness is something that can be tarnished. By standard racial catgorization, no Japanese runner is "white", and a few generations ago a Canadian of Greek heritage would not have qualified either.

                To stand the notion on its ear, I'd bet that none of the American sprinters who have broken 10.00 have 100% African ancestry. Furthermore, if the African genetics are so important, why are American, British and Caribbean sprinters so much better than African ones?

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                • #9
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                  >Furthermore, if the African genetics are so
                  >important, why are American, British and
                  >Caribbean sprinters so much better than African
                  >ones?

                  It's called "hybrid vigor" in biology/genetics. Sometimes favorable characteristics are amplified when different "species" are mixed. Much more common among plants than animals though. Bodybuilders noticed over a decade ago that there is a greater synergistic effect between steroids and HGH in Caribbean/American blacks (blacks with white blood) than in whites or in W. African blacks. This could account for much of what is seen in sprinting as well.

                  Race is very real. It's not a social construct. There are differences. It's not about the one drop rule and that silliness. It's about which traits are dominant etc. in individuals or groups.

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                  • #10
                    Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                    <To stand the notion on its
                    >ear, I'd bet that none of the American sprinters
                    >who have broken 10.00 have 100% African ancestry.
                    >Furthermore, if the African genetics are so
                    >important, why are American, British and
                    >Caribbean sprinters so much better than African
                    >ones?>>

                    Diet, disease, training facilities, coaching and weather. How's that for a start?

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                    • #11
                      Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                      My favorite quote from Magic Johnson in response on all the genetics controversy. "I know a LOT of slow black folks."

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                      • #12
                        Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                        Bill Nye the Science Guy??

                        Good point. It is nice to see someone back up a point with an intelligent statement that has a basis in fact.

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                        • #13
                          Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                          I agree with Bill Nye. To say that "race is a social construct" based on a few widely-held notions about race that happen to be silly (such as the "one drop" rule) is more PC than it is honest.....

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                          • #14
                            Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                            The way I see it is that I want to see records no matter the color of the skin of the guy(or gal) who sets them. Sometimes I wonder if the posters obcessed with "white" track athletes are also the same ones that post on Stormfront.org.

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                            • #15
                              Re: first sub-10 second 100m by white runner?

                              >The way I see it is that I want to see records no
                              >matter the color of the skin of the guy(or gal)
                              >who sets them. Sometimes I wonder if the posters
                              >obcessed with "white" track athletes are also
                              >the same ones that post on Stormfront.org.

                              This thread is silly.There was one just like it a few days ago.The person who started this
                              thread could have read that.

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