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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Usain Bolt post history

Usain Bolt analysis (well, about as much as is possible, for now...)

If you're looking for analysis of Usain Bolt's magnificent 9.58s WR last night, you're in the right place!

Click here for our detailed analysis, including Bolt's splits, speeds and a comparison with his previous world record in Beijing

In the aftermath of Usain Bolt's unbelievable 9.58s WR last night in Berlin, I have noticed how the sports world has been buzzing with searches on Bolt (courtesy Google search engine and incoming links to our site)

So I thought I'd do a cursory post summarizing some of the posts we've done on Usain Bolt since Beijing 2008. These are just some of them, the ones that look in a little more detail at Bolt's background, his performances, his infamous celebrations (and how much time they cost him in Beijing) and what is possible from this astonishing sprinter.

I have no doubt, judging from the latest highlight produced by Bolt, that he'll be a topic of more discussion in the future. In particular, some German scientists are doing research in Berlin, and will be producing data of the speeds and times for each 10m interval in that race.

When that happens, we'll be all over it! Until then, the following articles are a look back, before we look forward!
As mentioned, more to come, as soon as data emerge!

Join us then!

Ross

2 Comments:

robert said...

I've made some graphs of the evolution of the 100 and 200m record,
in
http://www-stat.stanford.edu/~tibs/bolt/

I only go back to the beginning of automatic timing.
The graphs show the 100 and 200 m records with the percent improvement marked as well. Bolt's record today
was the largest percent improvement ever for the 100m, and
second only to Michael Johnson's 1996 200m record.

The last graph shows the ratio of the 100m to 200m records, and it appears to be at an all time low after
today's record. A 200m record below 19s would represent a ratio just below .504. This looks reasonable, judging by the past history.
Maybe we'll see Bolt go under 19s later this week in Berlin!

mr loser said...

How much of an impact does his name have on performance? Studies show a connection between one's name/initials and success or, more often, failure http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN1420060720071116
FWIW anecdotal evidence; I've never won a race of any sort. :)