More random thoughts on world class:
I also agree -- world class is not necessarily the one best -- but among the best. If the fastest sprinter in the world runs a 4.12 second time, is the guy (or 4 guys) who runs 4.13 not also "world class"?
Who decides? It depends. Peers, fellow competitors, the marketplace/customers, independent monitoring organizations.
You have to carefully define the classification. The sprinter who is WC in the 50 meter dash is not necessarily WC in the 200 meter high hurdles.
Anyone feel free to shoot holes...
Mike S. ("Gun Nut")
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