Good points. I had forgotten about the 400m. Considering how many records are virtually untouchable, I wonder why the 400m hurdle record is not. Did they run 300m hurdles for the women back then? Or a different hurdle height, so they could have a pretext to sweep the old records under the rug?Marita Koch’s WR in the 400 may be equally unassailable. And FloJo’s 100 & 200 WRs are also from the 80s.
Yikes. A picture is worth a thousand words.To this day (or at least last I heard) Kratochvilova still maintains she never doped, her success was due to hard training and high Vitamin B-12 doses. If she would at least allow for the possibility that she had been unknowingly doped by her coaches (like other Eastern Bloc athletes back then) I would be much more forgiving. But she's demonstrated such pigheadedness that to me she is just a sad joke.
Now (obviously much older, but at least here she looks like a woman):