Practice makes perfect.
For most of us, that saying holds some weight – the more you practice something, the better you will get at it.
But new research shows it is not that simple for professional athletes.
Some experts believe we are reaching the limit of what training and practice can achieve, and that soon record-breaking athletes will be a thing of the past.
RECORDS BROKEN IN PAST 10 YEARS
Dennis Kimetto from Kenya ran a marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds in Berlin in 2014.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has held the 100m and 200m world records for seven years.
Kenya’s David Rudisha has held the 800m world record since 2012.
Barbora Špotáková from the Czech Republic broke the women’s world record for Javelin throwing in 2008.
Aries Merritt from the US broke the record for men’s 110m hurdles in 2012.
Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba holds the record for women’s 1500m since July 2015 when she broke it with a time of 3:50.07.
Professor Greg Whyte from Liverpool John Moores University said at the Cheltenham Science Festival he believes humans are coming close to reaching the limit of what it is physically possible to achieve on the track.
This is because the improvement in event times are trailing off, according to his research, as improvements in the structure and environment of training are coming to an end.
‘You’ve only got to look at Seb Coe’s record that lasted over two decades,’ he said at the festival, reported by The Times. Lord Coe’s 800-metre race world record set in 1981 remained unbeaten until August 1997.