In case you didn’t know, Usain Bolt is a money magnet right now. The name, the shoes, the top endorsements and the upcoming movie career. Usain is Bolt is on fire and by the looks of things (especially if he breaks yet another record) he will continue to be.
Why? A new report published by a Cambridge University mathematician and publicized on major networks like the Discovery Channel, MSNBC.com may give us quick insight into why Bolt is so intriguing, even to not athletics fans.
“Usain Bolt could run even faster, new report argues”
With his current world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a top speed of more than 27 miles per hour, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has already defied many expectations of how fast human legs can go. Yet, without much effort, Bolt could run even faster, according to new calculations. With a few slight but still-legal boosts from tailwinds, altitude and a better reaction time at the start, argues Cambridge University mathematician John Barrow, Bolt could easily clock in at 9.45.
So why is Usain Bolt making so much money now and may just continue to do so for years to come long after he stops running? Intrigue. Human, scientific, global intrigue. The man is not just a random runner with a few good race. Win, lose or draw, unless someone breaks the records he has set Usain Bolt will always be central because what he has done is scientifically, humanly, utterly impossible (and for almost the entire field of other elite athletes in the field, it still is!)