Some interesting reflections related to the Olympics. Who won the medal count?
Another interesting question is who the fastest man on earth is at the moment. Probably 90% of us would answer Usain Bolt. And yes, Usain Bolt is the fastest man over 100m or 200m (the average speed during his 200m race was actually HIGHER than during his 100m race, 19.30 / 2 = 9.65). But it all comes down to the length of the race. Usain Bolt is definitely not the fastest man on earth over the marathon distance. And who said it was only in the 100m and 200m events that speed mattered?
Another way to measure who the fastest man on earth is, would be to measure top speed at any given moment during a run (that’s the way you measure which car is the fastest, isn’t it?). Might be that Usain Bolt is still the winner, but it’s not a given. If another runner has the speed peak later in the race, and is not good at sustaining that speed to the finish line, he can still have the fastest top speed.
Is Michael Phelps really the best Olympian through all times just because he took 8 gold medals in
BTW, saw somewhere that Michael Phelps has to eat around 12000 calories every day with the training he does. That’s 4 times more than what a normal non-active person would burn in one day. And it’s around 4 times what I would burn during a marathon.