9.58 seconds 100m

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  1. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Unbelievable. I ran track in High School and my fastest was 11.1 in the 100 meter dash. 9.58 is near incomprehensible.
     
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    Its an achievement, sure, but I can safely say that he has never beaten me in a foot race... ;)
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I've gone faster, but I was running on a train at the time.
     
  5. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    Amazing performance, hopefully we won't find some weird 8 years down the line...
     
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    And he didn't even look like he was pushing himself. The rest of the runners are going balls-out while he just looks like he really could've gone even faster. Amazing.
     
  8. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    you're right. it looks like he slightly lets up the last 10 m's or so.

    i haven't seen him run one full race all the way to the end yet and he still obliterates everyone. he truly is amazing to watch.

    i think the only way for him to really give 'er is for someone to offer him x millions of dollars to bring 9.5 or lower or something.

    will be interesting to see him go after the 200 Ms b/c he's just as fast and, I believe he's trying the 400 Ms this year. I wonder if he can maintain whatever fast pace he goes b/c that is a different type of race.

    he is a beast!
     
  9. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    I remember seeing him run a relay in the last olympics. He was the third runner out of four and when he took the baton he opened like a 3m gap between him and 2nd place, plus he was on an outside lane, it was ridiculous.:D
     
  10. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    I had you beat 20yrs ago ... I ran 10.56 my fastest ... only because I had to pee soo badly and had butterfly's and wanted to impress a girl at school. I was 16. Avg times where 11.20 roughly.

    I'll agree ... 9.58 is just INSANE!

    I recall growing up and spending 2mths each winter in Montego Bay or Sandy Bay waking up and running on the beach with my family. Flat out for 100 - 200meters. I don't doubt he started off in a similar fashion at a very young age.

    I see his only weakness. The starts. It seems the first 3-5 meters its difficult for him to lift up his knees to get a good stride. Its hard with his height being crouched down so low.
     
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    not insane.. USAIN!
     
  12. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I didn't catch this race (and YouTube is blocked at work), but I definitely caught the race in the Olympics. I could see shaving .11 seconds off the record if there were some kind of equipment or technique overhaul (much the way speed skating records fell in the 90s and the swimming records are falling today), but for just a single person, running with the same equipment, it is just simply incredible.
     
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    I was reading about this yesterday... apparently he's been setting age group WR since he was 15... went under 20 sec. in the 200 at 17... so he's had this ability from a very young age. Doesn't *prove* anything, but it looks a lot more legit than a guy who was running 20.something at age 20 and suddenly took a second off in a year.

    But if you saw the Olympics, you saw that he let up a good 20m before the line. I think he could have gone this fast then, if he'd wanted to.

    This was arguably the single greatest athletic feat EVER, and it's relegated to a side-story on ESPN, with tiger woods losing by one shot being bigger news. Sigh.
     
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    I agree, but I really wouldn't want to see a headline or a press conference or some sort of book tell it all in 10 years from now. That would just do it for me and such sports...

    And yeah that's terrible it was put in the background, but that's ESPN what did you expect? Worldwide leader in sports when they don't even cover worldwide events such as the Rugby World Cup or Cup of America and such...
     
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    I was listening to an announcer talk about the speed that Bolt ran yesterday, and he said that his peak speed was nearly 30 mph! That's just insane. Also, for those familiar with a 40-yard dash time from the NFL combine, his running start time (essentially the last 40 yards of his run this weekend) would have been 3.1 seconds. Once again, crazy fast.
     
  16. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    You're right. I didn't do a good job of explaining my comment. I completely agree that he could have come close(r) to the 9.58 at the Olympics if he pushed himself. I just find the rate that he is crushing the world record, whether it be back at the Olympics or now, to be incredible. We don't often see advances like this without some kind of equipment or technique advancement. Bolt is just insane.
     
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    I think he can still go faster...he let up again near the end.

    Amazing.
     
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    Here's an HD version, so you can see the historic moment in crystal clear quality - plus, it's with English commentary. ;)

    Looking forward to seeing Bolt up the ante in the future - awesome to see how we humans can still make "great leap forward" like this.



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    I heard he actually thinks he can do it in 9.4 seconds.
     
  20. easy-mac macrumors member

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    The sky is the limit for Bolt. I wouldn't be surprised if he hit the low 9.4 range when all is said and done. Remember, he's only 22, so he's still got a couple of years before he even hits his peak! Not to mention he was a 200m specialist before he started working on the 100m last year, so the event is still new to him. Running a 100m is more than just trying to run as fast as you can, there is a tremendous amount of technique in getting out of the block and as Bolt gets better at that he's only going to get scarier in terms of what he can do. He's a really big guy and that's probably the one thing holding him back now from running in the 9.4's. This guy is a freak of nature! I'd love to see what he could do in the 400 too, but I doubt he'll ever do it, at least not until he's in his late 20s and his 100m speed is starting to fade, but by then who'll ever know if he could have gone sub-43. This guy is about 30 years ahead of his time!
     
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    The ability he has to look at the clock while running, and finish at the time he wants is amazing.

    He only runs fast enough to win and create hype. It'd be boring for him if he'd run as fast as he could last year at the Olympics (God knows how fast that would be) because he wouldn't be able to keep breaking the WR. (and thus garner more publicity)

    He's going little by little, giving the population just enough to remain excited.

    Next year he's going to run 9.4.
     
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    I never broke the 11 seconds barrier in HS. I blame my vertically challengedness.;)

    I can't even believe 9.58 s. If he can break into the .4s, that would be even more amazing.
     
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    Thats fast. Probably fast enough to get you a scholarship back in the day. :D

    Now a days I might be able to run 100m in 17 or 18 seconds.. if I'm lucky!
     
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    first thing i thought is that he is definitely going harder than Beijing. but the crazy thing is that he still has some left in the tank and he smashed the WR by 0.11 sec! which is unbelievable if you look at the previous WRs which increased by only a few 100ths of a sec.
     

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