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Better, Stronger, Faster

Over two thirds of all world records in athletics were set in the past 20 years. Let that sink in for a minute. Humans have been competing with each other for thousands of years — and keeping records for nearly 200 — and yet athletes from just the past two decades hold the majority of the top achievements. Why? Most likely, the answer isn’t that we humans alive today are inherently stronger, faster, or more talented than earlier generations; it’s that we have better technology at our disposal. We have better tools, better equipment, and better data — all of which allow us to train harder, go faster, and push the limits of human athletic performance. In this series, we’ll explore those technologies and illuminate how advanced science and engineering are helping today’s athletes become better, faster, and stronger than ever before.

Under the radar: How a 117-year old technology gives Olympic throwers an edge

It takes more than sheer strength to be an elite thrower, so today's top athletes often use a unique kind of radar technology to optimize their performance.
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Hammer throw athlete Britney Henry in mid-swing