Why do Africans make such great runners? For the same reason that the Irish produce such great boxers: our love of stereotyping, writes Jennifer O'Connell.
There's one question which gets trotted out every time there's a world sporting event: why do Afro-Caribbeans make such great runners?
As with most attempts at armchair anthropology, the question itself makes us uncomfortable - nobody wants to be seen to reduce whole countries, let alone entire races, to a few physical traits.
It's also fairly widely off the mark. Because, of course, it's not all Afro-Caribbeans who have the potential to be great runners....
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