This is sure to be the only Olympic post in Chuckie Hacks history. I could give a crap less about every event except one...the 100 meter dash. How sweet would it to have "World's Fastest Man" on your resume? Usain Bolt is currently that guy. After watching him obliterate the field in the 200m dash, I wanted to see the all time 100m results. The findings offered up some observations.
First, while it seems like guys are breaking the world record every 4 years, the number hasn't dropped as much as you would think. Sure, we're only talking about a 10 second race, but it really hasn't. Some guy named Harold Abrahams ran a 10.60 in the 1924 Summer Games. Bolt just set the record with a 9.69. All we've shaved off in the last 84 years is 0.91 seconds??? That's it? Less than a second, in 84 years!! And Abrahams was some white guy from Great Britain. I figured it would be more than that. Way more.
Second, Darvis Patton finished 8th in the 100m final with a time of 10.03. Of course, that's Vince Coleman-fast. BUT, can you believe he would not have taken gold in the 1964 Olympics? That's 44 years ago! I just assumed that the 8th fastest guy today would easily win the Olympic gold 44 years ago. Not so. I would have put good money on that bet.
Third, although the 100m W.R. does keep getting lower and lower...when does it plateau? 9.00? 8.75? I mean, 300 years from now are guys gonna run it in like 6.55? Don't all records (sprints/swimming) have to plateau at some point? What's that point?
Ah, just a bunch of useless questions that cross my mind while watching Mr. Bolt run like a puma.