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Usain Bolt’s 100m World Record: Scientists reveal whether it will ever be broken

Usain Bolt famously won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a shockingly exceptional time of 9.69 seconds, ironically jogging to the line after obliterating the field in the early stages of the race.

A year on from that, he broke the world record with a 9.58 second time in Berlin, showing us just how fast the Jamaican really was. So far, 13 years on from that historic day, no one has even managed to come close to that time with Bolt himself not even being able to replicate anything like that, setting an obscene record whilst finally being at full tilt for the full race.

A fair few sprinters have managed to join Bolt in posting times below 10 seconds, but can anyone get close to the record Bolt set and become the first athlete to post a time under nine seconds? A study has been done by Sport Biomechanics at the University of Bath to see if a sub-nine second time will ever be achieved.

The 100m is normally the most watched event at any athletics competition or the Olympic Games and is over in the blink of an eye.

It took until the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to see the first below 10 seconds 100m race thanks to Jim Hines when he clocked a 9.95 seconds time.

So clearly, the times are generally getting quicker and quicker, with sprinters going to places we never thought we’d see.

However, a sub-nine second race seems beyond the realms of possibility, with this scientific study from Polly McGuigan and Aki Salo working out if it will ever be possible.

Their findings were: “A combination of genetics and training would need to produce bum, thigh and calf muscles which are a little bit stronger and faster than the current best sprinters.

“A muscle with a high proportion of large, fast twitch muscle fibres will be able to generate larger amounts of force more quickly than a muscle with a lower proportion.”

They believe the times will start to plateau, with the record becoming harder and harder to match, although the sub-nine seconds is on they think: “It’s safe to say that someone will break the nine second barrier – not necessarily in our lifetime, but it will happen one day.”

However, other experts have disputed this, with Dr Sam Allen believing the contrary, with a time below nine seconds time beyond the realms of possibility.

Source: givemesport.com

Experts warn games chiefs about extreme heat

The Japanese Environment Agency has issued heatstroke alerts this week.

Heat and humidity have hit extreme levels just days before the start of the Olympic Games.

Government data suggests the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) – a measure combining heat and humidity, used by organisers to assess safety – hit 31.8°C.

This is close to danger limits for some sports, such as the triathlon, which cannot start if WBGT levels are above 32.2°C.

Olympic organisers say they are prepared for high temperatures – but in a study compiled before the Games, athletes and scientists warned that heat and humidity could pose a significant threat to competitors.

Kemboi back to winning ways as he snatches Città di Telesia 10Km Race

Kenya’s Ezekiel Cheboi made his entry into road running with a winning start by snatching victory in his debut on the roads in Italy.

Kemboi one of the greatest champions of Athletics in the 3000 Hedge specialties  at the 12th edition of the Trofeo Città di Telesia, an international road race of 10 km in Italy on Sunday.

The runner blazed the trail to victory by posting 29:54 to add to his accolades, in his long career not yet finished, in which he has won two Olympic Games, four World Championships then a long series of Silver and Bronze medals in various world competitions including the Iaaf Grand Prix, not counting the titles in the Commonwealth Games, the Pan-African Games, the African Championships from the Junior category.

The 2015 European Junior 10,000m champion, Italian runner Pietro Riva spoiled a Kenyan 1-2 party by squeezing himself into second spot on home soil in a time of 29:59 to be sandwiched Kemboi’s compatriot Philemon Kipchumba (30:01).

The 2011 under 23 European 10,000m silver medalist Italian born Morrocan Ahmed El Mazoury missed on a podium finish in fourth place by clocking 30:03 as the Mountain Classic Athletics Club runner Rwanda’s under 20 national 10km track record holder Jean-Marie Vianney Myasiro was fifth in 30:11.

Italian Rosaria Console fresh from managing a third place in the Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on June 2nd, upped her game to breast the tape in 33:29 to claim the women’s race to thrill the home fans.

Jesús Luis Alós Memorial Cross (Huesca, Spain) champion Burundian Elvaine Nimbona was top African finisher with second spot finish in 33:47 as the 2017 CrossHill  Ukraine’s  Sofiya Yaremchul completed the last podium finish place in 33:52.

Kipruto targets to break steeplechase world record

World and Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase king Conseslus Kipruto, will be targeting a win at this year’s Monaco Diamond League in May following his triumph at the concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

After winning all world events, starting with gold medals from World Youth championships, world championships, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will be eyeing a world record in Monaco Diamond League.

With the IAAF meeting kicking off on 4th May in Doha, Qatar, Kipruto will on course for a world record on a course with Monaco having historical fastest course.

As he recovers from Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will skip Doha and train for water and barriers record when he kicks off the journey at Shanghai in 5,000m before tackling Eugene course.

“This year, I have to do something special in Monaco. As I make a debut on the course, I will be eyeing for world record. I have to concentrate in quality training ahead of the races” said Kipruto.

The world record has stayed for fourteen years since Kenyan neutralized Qatari international Saif Shaheen formerly Stephen Cherono broke Moses Kiptanui’s record to 7:53.63 since 2004.

Commenting on Gold Coast, where he won the only missing gold in his medal cabinet, Kipruto said “I confirm in Gold Coast that I was in top form. It was an easy race winning in 8.10.08. If I could have pushed more I think I would have run sub 7 but I want to improve on that in the next events.”


Conseslus, Obiri upbeat as they seek to deliver medals

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is upbeat that his late arrival for the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast will translate into good results.

Kipruto said their delay back home was deliberate because they wanted to train in familiar environment.

“This kind of weather in Gold Coast is always tricky and that is why we preferred to stay back and train a bit longer at home,” he said.

He said they will use the next three days to acclimatise before swinging into action this Friday. “I am ready and as usual, I will be going for gold,” he noted.

He said he decided to honour the Commonwealth Games despite other elite athletes staying away because it was on his schedule from the word go.

“I always plan my schedule early and this time, Commonwealth Games featured prominently because it is a less busy year with no World Championships or Olympic Games,” he added.

He said there is no much this year and that is why he opted for the games. “From here, I am headed for the Diamond League and I intend to do around five meetings starting with Doha next month,” he added.

He said the Africa athletics Championships in Nigeria are also top on his agenda and if everything remains constant, he will honour the event.

As usual, he believes steeplechase will be a Kenyan affair and sees no much opposition here.

Obiri, who also arrived together with Kipruto, echoed the same sentiments.

She said Commonwealth Games hold a special place in her heart and that is why she is here.

Like Kipruto, she said she intends to honor the Diamond League series and the Africa Championships in the coming months.

She also said she is feeling great after delaying back home for the purposes of training.

Obiri and Kipruto arrived alongside Margaret Chelimo, Eva Cherono (5,000m); Amos Kirui, Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and 10,000m trio of Rodgers Kwemoi, Jonathan Muia and Josphat Bett