No Limits On Performance

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt shaves fractions of a second off his world record 100 meter time almost every time he competes. Now a study published in the International Journal of Applied Management Science suggests that world records will no longer be possible in 7 to 11 years. South Korean scientists used non-linear regression models to extrapolate data from 61 Olympic events (29 running and 32 swimming) between 1900 and 2009. They determined that human athletes will reach the upper limits on performance sometime between the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

True Strength Moment: People like to see world records broken because it inspires them to work harder at competing in their favorite game or sport. Even if that's just beating a personal best. This study shouldn't dampen your enthusiasm for reaching new heights. Consider the fact that Usain Bolt's 9.58 second 100 meter time was considered theoretically impossible 40 years ago. Whoever calculated the human limit of 6.90 seconds for a 100 meter dash underestimated at least one runner's determination.
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