You can narrow your argument to NOW say "the elite of the elite" as opposed to "fast people" but the fact remains that fastest times tend to be outliers for a lot of prodigies. Darrel Brown, MLF, Dawn Sowell, D'Andre Hill? There are more athletes who peaked at early post teen than athletes who peaked beyond because of life (grad school, injuries, etc). Go look at IAAF.org. One of the new additions is that they have the age at which athletes set their mark in brackets on the all time list. That means that for retired athletes, the number in brackets is the age at which they set their PB that sits on the all-time list. Of the top 50 women performers, fully 16 are on the list at age 23 or younger. Of the 56 men on the all-time list, fully 17 were aged 23 or younger. Also, its fairly well established that Lalova had a flier, but that doesn't mean she had less ability than the other women.
As for Li Xuemei. She ran 22.01. That correlates and is NOT a one-timer. And, the following year she ran 10.95. To fair-minded people that's as good as backing up the 10.79
Stop taking things so personal, I'm just saying your point doesn't hold water. And, for someone who suggests that their posts are placed through the rigors of logic, facts and relevance - such glaring omissions of your presonal mission statement points to the opposite. The fact that you won't accept that you're wrong and just say "my bad" tells me something extra.[/quote]
In my opinion the majority of the people being discussed here put themselves in " the elite of the elite" category if the performances in question were to actually hold up. Running 10.77(in Lalova case) just barely out your teen years and 10.79(in Xuimei case) also barely out your teen years in still air are beyond elite. All the examples you gave are people who ran good times for their age or peaked young. I am talking about people who ran some of the best times period(for any age and under any condition) and did it at young ages and never did it again. Darrel Brown breakthru performance was his 10.09 at age 17 which was very good but he had a 10.01 at age 18 and a 9.99 at age 20. Mark Lewis ran 10.04 at almost age 20 which is also very good good especially for a British sprinter and even though that was his best recorded time his performances in the subsequent years slowly tapered off instead of just plumetting.
to be continued......
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