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A Brief History of Sex
May 08, 2000
A survey conducted by organizers of last month's London Marathon found that runners who indulged in sex the night before a race had, on average, faster finishing times than those who didn't. Those findings are sure to add fuel to the long-running sporting debate over abstinence versus indulgence on the eve of big events. A historical look:
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May 08, 2000

A Brief History Of Sex

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A survey conducted by organizers of last month's London Marathon found that runners who indulged in sex the night before a race had, on average, faster finishing times than those who didn't. Those findings are sure to add fuel to the long-running sporting debate over abstinence versus indulgence on the eve of big events. A historical look:

1962 WILT CHAMBERLAIN enjoys one of his purported 20,000 assignations on night of March I, drops 100 points on Knicks next evening

1968 BOB BEAMON sows oats on eve of Olympic long-jump final in Mexico City, leaps 29'2�" to break world record by nearly two feet

1969 JOE NAMATH gets shagadelic before Super Bowl III, leads AFL champ Jets to historic 16-7 upset of NFL's Colts

1971 MARTY LIQUORI achieves No. 1 world ranking in mile. American middle-distance star believed abstinence built up needed prerace tension: "Sex makes you happy, and happy people don't run a 3:47 mile"

1974 MUHAMMAD ALI knocks out George Foreman to win his second world heavyweight title; during his career, the Greatest routinely abstained for six weeks before bouts, claiming, "When you don't have sex for a while, it makes you a great warrior"

1986 Declaring, "If wives and girlfriends can't wait, tell them to take a cold shower," MIKE DITKA keeps his Bears in hibernation on eve of Super Bowl XX; Chicago crushes Patriots 46-10 in New Orleans

1990 MIKE TYSON suffers first pro loss, to Buster Douglas, blames defeat on his own philandering

1992 Skier KERRIN-LEE GARTNER reportedly credits "warmup under the covers" with husband Max for her Olympic gold, Canada's first in the downhill

1992 Skier ALBERTO TOMBA cuts back on sextracurriculars for 1992 Games—"I used to have a wild time with three women until 5 a.m.; in the Olympic Village I will live it up with five women until 3 a.m."—and strikes gold in giant slalom, silver in slalom

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