Monday, August 17, 2009

Bolt 9.58 in the 100m

via Paul Kedrosky: Bolt 9.58 in the 100m:

This is a mind blowing performance. Since Heavyweight Boxing is such a joke now, I think the 100 yard dash is one of the purest forms of human athletic achievement we have. Race starts around the 5 min mark but I liked the buildup.

More commentary from Kedrosky below.

Meant to post this earlier today, but here is Usain Bolt from the Berlin track & field world championships setting a new world record of 9.58s in the 100m. While there was a following wind of 0.9m/s, it is still an astonishing run from someone for whom superlatives seem insufficient.

By the way, Bolt’s start in the final, while good, wasn’t his best at this year’s meet. Consider the following chart, which shows reaction times out of the blocks in the 100m final. Of the 8 sprinters, Bolt was third-slowest, making the outcome even more remarkable.


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