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How Fast Can Usain Bolt Run?

Synopsis
A lecture given by Professor John D. Barrow for the Gresham College ‘Maths in Sport’ series on 15 November 2011. How can Usain Bolt improve his world 100 metres sprint record significantly without improving his speed? How fast should he be able to run? Also examines the mechanics of sprinting and the effects of wind assistance, timing accuracy, and altitude on sprint times, and looks at the status of the long-standing women’s sprint world records set by the late Florence Griffiths Joyner ('Flo-Jo’) in 1988.

Other lectures in the series cover strength and power in sport; the statistics behind winning performances; throwing, jumping and spinning techniques; different scoring systems for different sports; mathematical analysis of watersports. (62 minutes)
Series
Maths in Sport, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Documentation
PowerPoint slides from the lecture are available online
Subjects
Mathematics; Sports science
Keywords
applied mathematics; speed; sports physiology; statistical analysis; sprinting

Online availability

URI
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/how-fast-can-usain-bolt-run
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
John D Barrow

Distributor

Name

Gresham College

Email
enquiries@gresham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7831 0575
Fax
020 7831 5208
Address
Barnard’s Inn Hall
Holborn
London EC1N 2HH

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