How fast can Usain Bolt run?

Yesterday, we admired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for lowering the 100 meter World Record to 9.58.


But after watching the race over and over and slowing it down to watch his stride and just marvel at his conservation of energy, we noticed that it looked like he was fully across the finish line in 9.3 flat. According to the competition rules, the sprinter’s torso must be breach the finish line and again it looks like Bolt has accomplished that.

9.30 seconds is an absurdly low time and yet seemingly contradicts the study by two scientists which puts the human limit at 9.51 seconds.

Think about that for a moment.  It’s been calculated (erroneously or not) that the absolute fastest time a human can run 100 meters is in 9.51 seconds and Usain Bolt is already clocked in at 9.58 and from the look above it might be possible for him to run closer to 9.30.  That alone makes him, in my book, the fastest human being to ever exist.

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