A book featuring lots of facts from the world of athletics, a book meant to last..Roberto L. Quercetani, in the last thirty years, has edited so many books dedicated to the history and to the statistics of world athletics, all available all around the world and regarded as the 'Bible' of athletics; the time had come for a book which tells sports stories and curious facts, always about athletics.Facts, figures, people, unpredictable results and events which took place behind the scene of modern athletics from the end of the 19th century up to present days.The book also features statistics recreated with an innovative and interesting method. The present book is peculiar in its kind as it consists of a number of asides, old and new, devoted to curious episodes emanating from the myriad of facts and figures of this most varied of sports. These cover all epochs of modern track and field athletics.Entirely new is the part devoted to special statistical studies touching different epochs of the sport. For example: the relation between height and personal bests for leading sprinters and/or high jumpers, or the range of personal records achieved by leading athletes in such different sectors as 100-200-400 metres, or long-triple jump. Such a galaxy of reflections was gathered from studies involving practically every section of the sport.