Tuesday, 12 February 2008

The Fastest Man on Earth

 Maurice Greene

Former fastest man on earth Maurice Greene recently retired due to a calf injury. He is a legend and ran the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds a record 52 times.

But when I was a kid I was amazed by Carl Lewis. He was the fastest man on earth back in 1983 and ran the 100 meters in 9.93 seconds. Incredible. But it was only back in 1920 that the fastest man on earth could only run the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds, an incredible 0.6 of a second slower! And the fastest man on earth is getting faster and faster:

9 September 2007....... Asafa Powell (Jamaica) ............9.74 seconds
16 June 1999 .............Maurice Greene (United States) ...9.79 seconds
27 July 1996 ..............Donovan Bailey (Canada) ............9.84 seconds
6 July 1994 ................Leroy Burrell (United States) .....9.85 seconds
30 August 1987 ...........Carl Lewis (United States) .........9.92 seconds

So how fast will the fastest man of earth be running in 2050? And in 2100? Of course there must be a limit - or must there? After all, isn’t it always possible for an athlete to be able to run just a slightly bit faster than the guy before?

A sub-9 second 100 meters record? Well I wouldn’t bet against it!

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