Will female athletes ever beat their male counterparts?Colleen Nowers
New York, N.Y.
The jury is out, so to speak, with expert opinions ranging from indeed, to not likely, to simply no way. But whichever side you listen to, the answer always entails a healthy dose of biology and sociology. Biology first. Few experts would argue that women will ever compete with men in trials of strength and power, such as the shot put, 100-meter dash, and 50-meter freestyle swim. But a number of scientists assert that women may eventually catch up to men in ultra-endurance