Is there a way to pinpoint the fastest possible time that the 100 meter sprint can be run by a human being?
According to Wikipedia, the fastest time for the 100 meter sprint:
2009 - Usain Bolt ran 9.58 sec. with a wind of 0.9 m/s in Berlin.
This is currently the world’s record.
Since I don’t want to deal with the wind, like friction in high school physics, let’s ignore it.
The record before this was 9.69 sec. If we go back 10 record times, it is at 9.85 secs.
So, for this particular record, Bolt has shaved .27 seconds off the once record time of 9.85 secs.
How much lower can it go? There must be a speed which cannot be surpassed, but what is it, and is there any way to take human physiological factors, put them in an equation of some sort, and get the absolute record that will eventually be set and never surpassed?
I think 9.58 will be beat. Bolt didn’t sprint through the tape when he ran his amazing race, so he could have shaved more time off the 9.58 if he just ran through the finish line. But how much?
I’m also interested in this question for the mile. The current world record in the mile is 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco on July 7, 1999. That’s 11.5 years now, a pretty significant length of time. Perhaps a wall has been defined, but the 4 minute mile was a mental barrier that wasn’t cracked for years. Before Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, the longest-standing world record in the mile was 4:01.4, set by Gunder Haegg of Sweden on July 17, 1945. It stood for eight years, 293 days before Bannister broke it.
Is 3:43.13 the lowest humans can go?