An Olympic Special today as it has nothing to do with drugs.
The New York Times has constructed the following eye-opening visualisations by comparing all 116 years of Olympic athletes in 100m Sprint, 100m Freestyle and Long Jump.
Just some of the facts to take home:
(1) The fastest 16yo sprinter in America today can win a Bronze in 1980.
(2) 100m Freestyle was held in open waters in 1896 and 1906.
(3) Long jump results is still relatively the same (unlike the other two sports that gained improvement over time) with Bob Beamon's 1968 record still holding strong even against today's athletes.