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Nature 431, 525 (30 September 2004) | doi:10.1038/431525a; Published online 29 September 2004

Athletics:  Momentous sprint at the 2156 Olympics?

Andrew J. Tatem1, Carlos A. Guerra1, Peter M. Atkinson2 & Simon I. Hay1,3

The 2004 Olympic women's 100-metre sprint champion, Yuliya Nesterenko, is assured of fame and fortune. But we show here that — if current trends continue — it is the winner of the event in the 2156 Olympics whose name will be etched in sporting history forever, because this may be the first occasion on which the race is won in a faster time than the men's event.

  1. TALA Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
  2. School of Geography, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
  3. Public Health Group, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories, PO Box 43640, 00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya

Correspondence to: Andrew J. Tatem1 Email:


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