We Humans Are A Lot Faster And Stronger Than We Used To Be
At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, 25 new world records were set in the swimming competitions out of just 34 events.By Jamal Andress | July 19, 2016
If four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens raced Usain Bolt, he'd lose by more than 6 meters. Similarly, if Michael Phelps got in the water for a 200-meter freestyle swim with Aussie Olympic gold medalist Mike Wenden — Wenden would get stomped.
That's because in general we are a lot faster and stronger than we used to be.
Take the discus for example: The first Olympic winner of the discus was the USA's Robert Garrett. Fast forward six decades, and another American, Al Oerter, was throwing nearly double the distance of Garrett. While the legendary thrower Oerter won gold four times in the discus (the most in history), his record for distance only stood for two Olympic Games. Fast forward to 2004, and the current Olympic record holder threw nearly 70 meters.