Usain Bolt’s 100 metres best of 9.58 seconds may seem to pass in a flash, but it is still plenty of time for other activities.
In the time it takes the average person (250 words per minute) to read this, Bolt could have run nearly 10 world record races…
The Williams Formula One team, and some of their rivals, could change the four tyres on nearly five of their cars in that time. At the European Grand Prix in Baku in June Williams did a complete tyre change on Felipe Massa’s car in 1.92 seconds. A hospital in Wales has approached the team to see if it can learn anything to speed up procedures.
COUNT THE BEATS
The average human’s heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute, depending on his or her health. Ultra-fit athletes like Bolt and Britain’s long distance runner Mo Farah bring it down to about 33 beats a second. So Bolt would only register 316 beats if he could stay calm while watching his own world record. Most of us will blink about twice during the race.
PILING UP SPORTS CASH
According to Forbes magazine, Real Madrid and Portugal star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s top paid sportsman, earns about $56 million a year from earnings and endorsements, or $17.5 in the time of a Bolt world record.
Bolt, 32 on the world sporting list with $32.5 million a year, gets about $9.9 for every 9.58 seconds. Don’t ask how much the average person earns.
A BEER AND A HOT DOG?
Zhang Fengzhong in China says he can sink 640 millilitres (1.3 pints) of beer in just 3.17 seconds and a 1.2 carton of milk in seven seconds – enough time to drink and watch Bolt hit the tape. Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi, who once ate 110 bunless hotdogs in 10 minutes, could get through 1.75 hotdogs watching Bolt – probably without blinking.
HARE VS SNAIL
If you lined up Bolt against Dennis Kimetto of Kenya when he broke the world marathon record, Kimetto would have covered 54 metres by the time Bolt had set his record. Kimetto ran the 42.195 kilometer course in 2hr 2min 57sec in Berlin in September 2014. World 50km walk record holder Yohann Diniz of France (3hr 32min 33sec) would have paced 37.5m.
With their hopes of progressing from the group stage already gone, the Indian badminton pairs bowed out of Rio on a high.
The men’s doubles combine of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy had something to smile about as they stunned the World No. 8 pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan 23-21, 21-11, while the women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa slumped to their third consecutive defeat to finish a disastrous Olympics campaign.
Attri and Reddy, currently ranked 21st in the world, put in a sterling performance against the Group D toppers, and surged into an early 8-3 lead.
Japan, however, soon settled into the match and overturned the deficit to lead 11-9 at the mid-game interval.
But Attri and Reddy kept calm and finally found an opening while trailing 13-17. They kept composed and showed resilience to eke out the opener 23-21 in 20 minutes.
The Indians stormed out of the blocks in the second game to open up a six point lead (11-5), and continued to play with ferocity, winning the game 21-11.
Gutta and Ponnappa did not enjoy the same fortunes losing 17-21, 15-21 to the Thai pair of Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
The Indians inability to hold on to the lead was the architect of their downfall. In the opening game, they led by five points (10-5) and looked in firm control, but the Thai pair battled back to grab the opening game 21-17.
In the second game, Gutta and Ponnappa looked dispirited after being in such an advantageous position and looked to find their rhythm when leading 12-9. But the Thais showed their class and duly upped the tempo to win the second game 21-17 in 44 minutes.
Michael Phelps brought the curtain down on one of sport’s most storied careers Saturday with a dynamite relay swim to give himself a final tally of 23 Olympic gold medals.
The American, far and away the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, finished with five golds and a silver in Rio after signing off in dramatic style by coming to his team’s rescue in the 4x100m medley relay.
After a glittering career in the pool, we pick out Phelps’ five great Olympic moments.
1. It was swimming’s race of the century: 19-year-old emerging star Phelps up against the great Ian Thorpe and compatriot Grant Hackett and defending Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband in the 200m freestyle in Athens. Phelps set an American record but finished third. The defeat only fueled Phelps – who set a world record in a dominant 200m freestyle triumph four years later in Beijing.
2. Phelps’ seventh gold medal in Beijing came by the narrowest of margins, in a scintillating duel with Milorad Cavic — the tough-talking Serbian who said he’d like to go down in history as “some guy” who spoiled Phelps’s eight-gold bid. In the lone final in which he failed to set a world record, Phelps beat Cavic by one one-hundredth of a second. It wasn’t Phelps’ first close-run 100m fly gold. In Athens, he beat world record-holding teammate Ian Crocker by four one-hundredths of a second.
3. Phelps’ 200m butterfly triumph in Beijing was a master-class in discipline and technique as Phelps swam most of it blind when water filled his goggles but still set a world record.
4. Just as he had in Athens and Beijing, Phelps had to rally in London to win a third straight 100m butterfly, coming off the turn in seventh and powering home to turn the tables on South African Chad le Clos — who had beaten him at the last stroke in the 200m fly. The victory gave Phelps his 17th Olympic gold.
5. Phelps wrested back the 200m butterfly crown in Rio — avenging his defeat to le Clos who faded to finish fifth and returning to the top in the event that started it all. The win made Phelps the oldest individual swimming gold medallist in Olympic history at 31. There to share it were fiancee Nicole Johnson and three-month-old son Boomer, whose kiss from his teary dad melted hearts at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.