As a plodder without the turbo gene I can appreciate those fortunate enough to have it. I would direct the researchers to two other groups of track and field participants: discus throwers and shot putters. I was a thrower in the 1960s, and through the 1970s and 1980s, I was a meet official for these events. I observed that fast twitch with moderate technique, or even poor technique, usually wins over strength and good technique. World champions in these events have amazing speed.

Tom Herbert
Tallahassee, Fla.

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