Shots, NPR’s health blog, studies Olympic bodies over time - and the way they’ve changed to better respond to the demands of their sport - in this infographic. Y’all know I love a good infographic.
Sprinting is basically a controlled forward fall. Runners with higher centers of gravity can fall forward faster — and the taller you are, the higher your center of gravity.
Athletes of West African descent have a center of gravity that is 3 percent higher than Europeans, and they tend to dominate sprinting events.