Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners: what makes them so good?

  title={Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners: what makes them so good?},
  author={Randall L. Wilber and Yannis P. Pitsiladis},
  journal={International journal of sports physiology and performance},
  volume={7 2},
  • R. WilberY. Pitsiladis
  • Published 1 June 2012
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Since the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Kenyan and Ethiopian runners have dominated the middle- and long-distance events in athletics and have exhibited comparable dominance in international cross-country and road-racing competition. Several factors have been proposed to explain the extraordinary success of the Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners, including (1) genetic predisposition, (2) development of a high maximal oxygen uptake as a result of extensive walking and running at an early age, (3… 

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