However, controversy occurs as some ppl ask why must be the one fastest in 100m event set as the standard for world's fastest man? why not 200m? 400m?
Look at this picture, what do you think? who should be crowned as the fastest man?
What's your opinion about this? and why? =P If you calculate it, 9.77*2= 19.54 sec, which is slower than 19.32 sec as shown above.
Here is the best answer I could find over resources:
-- "According to EIS Director of Science and Research Professor Greg Whyte, who says that men who run twice the distance have a more accurate claim to the title.
“The fastest man on the planet does not compete in the 100m but is in fact a 200m runner,” explains Whyte. “Why? Well, in both events the athlete starts from a stationary position and there is a requirement to accelerate to maximum velocity.
“Achieving this maximum velocity will take athletes in both events approximately 35-40 metres and the 200m by the nature of the distance will spend longer at peak velocity than the 100m runner.
“Therefore the average running velocity is higher in a 200m runner as they will run for approximately 160m at peak velocity compared to a 100m runner who will run for only around 60m at the same rate.”
For those still unconvinced, a cursory glance at the record books reveals a simple truth; Michael Johnson’s 200m world record of 19.32 - which he set in 1996 and which has yet to be beaten - equates to 9.66 for each 100 metres, significantly quicker than Asafa Powell’s 100m world record of 9.77 set in early 2005. " --
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Fastest man ever
Read this from the old press that released the list of fastest man ever in the history of mankind. According to CDC Sports Online, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is the world fastest man, with new record of 9.77 seconds set in Athens in 100m track event.