Seems like a reasonable enough statement, right? I mean both of those points seem pretty logical. I had a problem with it though, he used the word 'statistically'... well, that was like a red rag to a bull. I had to know whether 'statistically' this was true or not. Turns out it's not.
I started by looking at the Beijing winners and medalists and their world ranking in that event in 2007. Knowing this wouldn't satisfy my thirst for stats I did the same for Athens... and then for Sydney too.
(Check out Part II for the condensed findings.)