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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2002 6:46 am    Post subject: What is the fastest a human being can run? Reply with quote

As above, any links to info sites or even video's would be great.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2002 6:03 pm    Post subject: In (math) theory it is a very simple question... Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2002 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q: What is the fastest a human being can run?

A: Depends on what is chasing him. Surprised


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2002 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up until recently, the fastest clocked human top speed was about 26 miles/hour, but I believe that is now approaching 27 mph.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does Ben Johnson still hold the highest speed attained by a human being record or has Mo or someone else broken that?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does running downhill count???
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think so... although if you know of a downhill speed record for running I'd like to hear it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I have run some downhill point to point 5ks. There has to be some downhill point to point miles. Time to put El G in a road race.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Down hill point to point road races you have to love those. When I was a freshman in college I won my local road mile with a 3:17! I was point to point down hill and probably only about 1200 meters.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3:17??? I sure hope that was short of a mile, or you'd have a new career niche!

I would guess Maurice's top speed eclipsed that of Ben's, as Ben's time was so much more dependent on the start (thus less to make up for later and the same resulting time). Of course, Ben also slowed down at the end, so that may well balance the former factor out.

I doubt downhill speeds would eclipse the 26-27mph mark recorded in the best 100's, as that's already moving as fast the legs can really maintain balance and control. I think the difference would be how long such speeds can be held.

A few entertaining downhill examples I know of:

Several years back, Nike loaded up a Hood to Coast team of ringers, and their first leg (Mike Myktok, I believe) blasted the famed downhill 5-miler, running the first mile in 3:40-ish and averaging around 4:01.

A friend of mine in college was about a 4:12 1500m (about 4:30 for the mile) runner at the time and was timed on a downhill 2-mile in the woods (mountains). He ran it in something like 8:18.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carl Lewis had tremendous high end speed also.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard people say that Carl was actually running at the same speed as Johnson in that Olympic race when they were both at their top speed Johnson just held his longer and that resulted in the win for him. Although I can't quote the source right off the top of my head I did hear it on a TV program... so it must be true Rolling Eyes

Also Tim Montgomery has said that he has better top end speed than Mo, if that is the case then maybe he is the fastest.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His was probably in the same ballpark as Bailey's, based on fairly similar times and similarly awful starts to overcome. Ben apparently had a higher top speed than Carl, so Carl is most likely 4th.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anything, I would think Carl held his top speed longer than Ben in Seoul. I suppose it depends how you look at it. Ben opened a 0.1 gap in the first 10m, but his last 10m was weaker than Carl's and the preceeding late stages probably weren't any more consistent.

As far as Tim goes, he says a lot of things...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all due respect to each and every one of you, this is a discussion that begs for Conway's input.

Is he off on a beach with those drinks with the little umbrellas in them?

That's where I will be next week. Cool
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