Swifter, higher, stronger...up to a point? Or beyond? The limit of human performance
Today we revisit a topic that seems to run like carousel, popping up once every few months on the site - how much faster can human beings run? How close to a "ceiling" in performance are we?
The latest discussion is inspired by a few articles, and a recent round-table discussion between some of the all-time greats of 800m running, and the new world record holder, David Rudisha. For those who haven't heard, Rudisha was appropriately named the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year for his two world records in 2010.
But preceding that announcement was a panel discussion between Alberto Juantorena, Sebastian Coe, Wilson Kipketer And Rudisha in Monaco. To watch the discussion and read some commentary on it, check out Letsrun.com here.
One of the topics that came up was how much faster the record would still go. Rudisha came agonizingly close (1/100th of a second) to dipping under 1:41.00, so it's safe to assume that barrier is in reach. But how much lower? Here are three quotes attributed to those legends: