Fascinating articles explaining the success of black (especially those of west African descent) athletes that is totally disproportionate to their percentage of the world population. The article attempts to explain some of the following anomalies:
- All of the thirty-two finalists in the last four Olympic men’s 100-meter races are of West African descent.
- Blacks of exclusively West African ancestry make up 13 percent of the North American and Caribbean population but 40 percent of Major League baseball players, 70 percent of the NFL, and 85 percent of professional basketball players.
- Blacks who trace their ancestry to West Africa, including African Americans, hold more than 95 percent of the top times in sprinting;
- Athletes from one country, Kenya, make up more than one-third of top times in middle and long distance races; including top performances by other East Africans (most from Ethiopia), that domination swells to almost 50 percent.
- Remember the last time a non-black set the men’s world record in the 100-meter sprint? One has to go back to 1960, when German Armin Hary won the Olympic gold medal in 10.2 seconds. The best time by a white 100-meter runner is 10 seconds, which ranks well below two hundred on the all-time list.
- Whites dominate strength based sports such as weightlifting, shot-put and hammer (whites hold 46 of the top 50 throws).
Another BBC programme on Africa. This time as we count down to the World Cup in the “Rainbow Nation” South Africa, the BBC has a programme about how Mandela brought peace to South Africa after Apartheid.
According to the BBC’s blurb: “Lenora Crichlow sets off to discover the amazing story of how Mandela brought peace to his country and what he means to people there today. In a journey packed with emotion for Lenora, she uncovers a far more complex and fascinating picture of Mandela and his country than she ever imagined. Lenora discovers a vibrant Rainbow Nation, but also learns more about the horrors of apartheid and the extent of poverty and violence in the country today. On her journey she unlocks the secrets of who Mandela really is, and why his achievements in life are so special and so admired.”