Thursday, August 9, 2012

Usain Bolt is FAST!!!

A friend on Facebook shared this link with me. I think it's pretty interesting. In 1896 you could have won the 100m at the Olympics in 12 seconds. With a bit of training, I think you'd be a shot!

This graphic video compares all the medal winners in the 100m since the first modern Olympics in 1896. It's hosted by the New York Times. At the bottom of the page there are similar comparisons for the 100 metres freestyle and the long jump.

It's interesting to ponder if there's a limit to the performance of the human body. Can we continue shaving off seconds here and hundreds of a second there? Is there a point at which nature just says, that's far enough and fast enough? Go beyond that point, and you'll explode! If such a point exists, will anyone watch the Olympics any more, or will it just seem an exercise in futility?


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