What aren't runners all tall?

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What aren't runners all tall?
« on: 21/03/2012 09:13:02 »
GAMEL JOHN  asked the Naked Scientists:
Here are a couple of question you might be interested in.  Why aren't the world's greatest runners extremely tall, since they travel so much farther with each stride than a short athlete? In fact, great sprinters tend to be average or not much more in height, while marathon champions are often short.
In the same vein, why aren't the great heavyweight boxers really huge? Muhammad Ali (after whom a street in my town of Louisville is named) was only 6'3", so why couldn't some guy who was seven feet tall and weighed 350 pounds knock him out of the ring?
I'll bet a sports physiologist could answer these questions.
John Gamel, MD

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 21/03/2012 09:13:02 by _system »