Task 1 (6 points)
Read the text and complete it with the phrases. Use each phrase only once.
TEXT 2: WORLD RECORDS – WHY DO ATHLETES KEEP BREAKING THEM?
Over 30 world records were broken during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. They fell in swimming, cycling, running, weightlifting and a number of other sports. But how do athletes continue
(1) ? Although scientists say that athletes have reached their limits, records continue to fall.
One reason is (2) and exercise. They start at an earlier age and can compete longer in their sport. In schools more and more natural talents are discovered. Another reason is (3) and, as professionals, concentrate wholly on their sport instead of rushing to a training session after their day job. Now, (4) , athletes can stay in competition for a longer time and overcome injuries faster. Technology has also helped improve scores. Through video analysis, for example, coaches can concentrate on fine-tuning an athlete’s technique. Material and equipment is constantly getting better. One of the most important factors, however, is the human mind. It lies in our nature to compete,
(5) . The will to break a barrier can release immense power in one’s body.
So, where are the limits? Some decades ago, nobody thought a person could ever run under 10 seconds in the 100 meter dash. But the record was broken at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. At the moment Usain Bolt is the fastest man on Earth at 9.58 seconds, and (6) 9.48 may be the absolute limit for running such a distance, but, who knows, maybe some runner will one day run under 9 seconds.